Story Monday: Positive Thinking in a Negative World – An Interview


We are bombarded with negativity. Whether we turn on the TV, listen to the radio, or engage in social media, we cannot escape the caustic deluge.

But, can I be honest, there’s not much we do about it. I know I don’t. In fact, I’m probably more likely to engage in the rants myself.

Wouldn’t you love to break away from it? Find something, someone, to shine some positive light into your day?

Let me introduce you to JP and Tim. Two young men who are doing just that – shining a little light in a constantly overcast sky.

JP and Tim are the faces and the voices for The Positive Truth podcast. You can find them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, SoundCloud, and much, much more.

I have a confession, a full disclosure if you may, JP’s mom is a good friend of mine. That’s how I found out about the great work these two young men, and all the crew they have working with them, are doing. I’m glad I did.

JP and Tim were kind enough to agree to an interview with me via email. Here are my questions and their answers: **Editor’s note – the parentheses are for minor editing for flow. I tried not to change the actual words given to me from both JP and Tim. Their words are their words.**

What started the two of you on the idea for the Positive Truth podcast?

Tim: I was actually asked by a mutual friend if I would be interested in doing a podcast. I soon met with JP and we immediately put our heads together to come up with the name and content.

JP: I think it should be noted that The Positive Truth is more than just Tim and I. We also have editors and a manager behind the scenes. Our manager wanted to start a radio station and I told him it would be easier to start a podcast and the podcast would have more growth potential in my opinion. We started talking about podcast ideas and I throughout the uplifting and positive news idea and it just kind of went from there.

How often do you broadcast new episodes of the podcast?

Tim: Monday and Wednesday are positive news stories that have happened around the world. Every Friday we have either an interview or a topic. With our interviews discuss what our guest do to bring positivity to their community. Our topic episodes we discuss what the topic is, why the topic is an issue, facts about the topic, and how we can change it for the better.

JP: The Positive Truth has episodes out three days a week, which are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Monday and Wednesdays podcasts are audio only and we discuss uplifting and positive news. Fridays episode we discuss a topic and state what the topic is, why it is an issue in our society, facts about the topic, and how you can help change this topic for the better.

Can you give me an example of a recent topic that you tackled? What was it, and why do you feel people should care about it?

Tim: One of my favorite topics that we have done is “The Power of Positive Thinking”. I truly believe people should care about how thinking negatively can not only effect themselves, but the people closest to them. In the episode we discuss facts about how positive thinking can benefit your life for the better. With all of the issues that are going on in (today’s) world, It’s hard to see the beauty if you aren’t looking for it.

JP: We have an episode that came out on March 3rd about opiate addiction and medical marijuana. I think it is a good topic because we discuss the massive opiate addiction that is going on in our country and why it is happening. We then use research to explain the benefits and downsides of medical marijuana and how it can potentially help Americas opiate problem.

Do you find it difficult to continually engage in positive news in a world flooded with negative news? How do you keep going?

Tim: I know there is a lot of bad things going on in the world, but that shouldn’t stop people from hearing about the good. I keep going because having the opportunity to positively impact a persons day is a rewarding feeling that can not be duplicated.

JP: I do not find it hard to find and discuss positive news. I think people want and need to hear uplifting news now more than ever.

What has been the reaction of the public to your podcast so far? Any criticism?

Tim: People that have (run) into me, that listen to The Positive Truth, have (given) nothing but positive feedback. We have even received an email from London with positive feedback. (It’s) a great feeling to know people all over the world are listening to our podcast and are enjoying the content.

JP: Surprisingly little to no criticism so far! We have people tell us that some of the episodes are too long and to try to add more visuals to the Friday episodes which we are working on doing right now!

What has been the most impacting story/interview you’ve done on your podcast?

Tim: The coolest interview so far to me has been with Jim Conway. He is doing a lot of work in the community that JP and I both grew up in. It means a lot to me to have a man that did not grow up there or even live there see the potential the children that live in that community have. He truly is an inspiring human being and I can’t wait to watch him grow into an even wiser man.

JP: For me personally the most impactful story or stories have been about social programs or volunteer programs that have been started that will make positive impacts for a long time to come. We did a positive news story about a volunteer based company that mowed the yards of military veterans, the disabled and the elderly for free, while using volunteers that were too young to work yet (12-15 years old). The youth gain experience in the joys of volunteering and hard work. The disabled, elderly, and military veterans get free lawn service and the community donates 5-10 dollars to the company each month to pay for the upkeep of lawn equipment and to feed the youth after. Its a win-win for the long haul! For as long as that volunteer company is around they are going to bring long term benefits and positivity to a large amount of peoples lives for a long time! That is so much better than a one time positive story, it is a long term positive impact that everyone including us here at The Positive Truth should strive to have in life!

How do you go beyond the podcast? How does this effort to bring positive news affect your daily life?

Tim: I coach at U.S. Grant high school in south Oklahoma City, and that is where I go beyond the podcast. A lot of those kids need positivity in their lives. I try to bring my happy positive attitude everywhere I go.

JP: Doing a positive news podcast its hard to be a negative nancy now. It has help me be more optimistic and try to help be a part of the solution to the problems affecting our society today.

What do you want your listeners to take away from your podcasts? Is there a central truth you would hope they could learn – and maybe you could pass on to others that aren’t listening to your podcast, yet?

Tim: I hope people listen to our podcast and and feel good afterwords. I hope they feel good enough that it motivates them to do something positive for someone else, and I hope that inspires that person to do something positive for someone else, and so on, and so on. I want people to think for themselves, and to not be conditioned by what the media is telling them. We all have the ability to make our society a better place, and I believe The Positive Truth is a step towards a better society.

JP: I want listeners to take away an idea that the world is not a completely negative place full of idiots, violence, and fear. The world is full of people that want love, community, and meaning in their own lives and the lives of others.

Pretty amazing, right? These are two young men that aren’t waiting for someone else to fix the situation, or for the situation to change. Nor are they rolling over and just letting life beat them down. I know I do that too often.

They are doing something about it, making the world a little bit better through their actions.

So, go and check them out through their many channels. I’ve included a couple of their videos, but there are many more episodes. Most, I’ve not seen.

Will you agree with everything they promote on their podcast? Probably not. I don’t know if I would or not. That’s not the point. The point is, we need more positive in our lives. We need more light.

And there are some in this world who are stepping up and being the ones that bring it.

Interviews I conduct on this website are not blanket endorsements of those I interview. Rather, they are peeks into the lives, into the stories, of individuals around us. Stories help us understand, help us connect, help us strive toward a better world.

What do you think? Would a little positive thinking help you in your day-to-day? Tired of the negative onslaught? What are you doing to change it?

I’d love to hear from you.

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