October 2017

October 4, 2017 | 0 Comment

 

 

Finding Joy and Gratitude in our Crazy World

I try hard not to watch the news as there never seems to be anything positive that comes out of it.  Today, I woke up to the incredibly devastating news that came out of Las Vegas.  This on the tail of the hurricanes that have ravaged the east coast of the United States and the Caribbean Islands added one more negative thing to the news cycle.  The reality is that it we cannot avoid the news entirely, we eventually hear about the things that happen around us.  Sometimes it can appear that the world is a dark place.  We have to fight this all too common way of thinking and find a way to combat the negativity, we should try to find the positives that are present every day.

How do we do find the good in the world?  Here are a few ways:

  1. Look for the good in your life – there is always something positive that we can find in our life. We often take things for granted and forget to be thankful for the simple things that we never have to ask for such as running water, electricity, a bed to sleep on and so many other things.  Understanding that there are so many in the world that do not have the bare essentials should be a reminder to us that we are blessed beyond measure.
  1. Put things in perspective – even when things seem really dire, they may not be as bad as we think they are.  So often we think that we are facing the worst obstacles in the world until we hear about someone else’s suffering.  We are absolutely allowed some time to be upset about the circumstances but then we need to determine how to tackle the problem rather than dwell on it.
  1. Focus on what is within your control – lamenting about things we cannot control is an exercise in futility and can lead us to feel helpless. We all have a sphere of influence and it is in that sphere that we can make a difference.
  1. Keep Positive Company – we all have a that one friend who always seems to see the worst in any situation. Alternatively, there are other people in our life who can always see the light in the worst situations.  We should always look to spend more time with our positive friends especially during difficult times.  There is nothing more refreshing than someone pointing you to the light when all else is dark around you.

During this month of Thanksgiving, let us all try to focus on what is right in our lives, vow to have the proper perspective, control what we can and surround ourselves with the friends that keep it positive.  Even when everything seems desperate there is usually a different and more positive perspective.

Happy Thanksgiving

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