A Dose Of Colemanism: Algorithm Adjustments

By Caprice Coleman

When I was in high school, I would wait on my mother to pick me up after wrestling practice.

At the time, she drove a gray Ford Taurus station wagon. I could remember times when I seemingly was the last person to be picked up. This was due to work and my other siblings' activities.

While waiting, I noticed every gray car and station wagon that passed by. If it had an ounce of gray or was shaped like a wagon, I noticed it. I didn't realize it at first, but now that I am older, I understood I was setting my own algorithm.

Social media has proven to us that life is basically a reflection of an algorithm that we set within ourselves. It pretty much feeds you what you've already searched for.

If you look for political content, then political content will begin to infiltrate and then take over your social media feed. The same is true with sports, entertainment and any other topic you search.

The question is, what algorithm have you set for yourself?

The mind is set up to find whatever you are looking for. Take the gray station wagon, for example. My mind zeroed in on anything that resembled it. Did that mean that more gray station wagons were on the road those nights? No, I just noticed them more because I fixed my mind to look for it.

The same principle can be applied to many other things. Whether you are looking for solutions or excuses, positive or negative influences, you will find what you seek out.

I admit that I have gone down a rabbit hole or two myself. I look up and wonder to myself, “How did I get here?” I have to regroup, assess the situation, and ask myself, “What am I looking for?”

This happens a lot during election season. However, all I end up feeling is overwhelmed by things that are out of my control. If you find yourself in a place where all you see around you is negative and things don't seem to be working out, it may be time to reset your algorithm. 

Just something to think about. I call it a dose of Colemanism.

Caprice Coleman is ROH’s color analyst and has been wrestling for more than 20 years. He also is an ordained minister and motivational speaker. “A Dose of Colemanism” appears every Thursday.