Being hopeful while the swirl of negativity, hatred, conflict and aggression seeks to pull you down takes some deliberate intention. I’m grateful that it’s my nature to look at the half full glass, rather than ruminate on its half empty status, and I’m aware that many people are facing this battle right now. It takes determination to find positive perspectives.
Here are some thoughts on being hopeful. See what you think.
MOST PEOPLE ARE FRIENDLY AND WANT TO BE NICE
What I love about traveling is experiencing the friendliness of people. People were kind, even generous and polite everywhere I’ve been. Despite threats of terrorism and unrest, it was not present where I was and people were uniformly nice. Recognizing the media’s job to sell bad news, drama and the things that provoke fear, means choosing to focus on your own positive experience. Yes, bad things are happening, and yes, you can find evidence of the good – it’s all around.
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN DO
When you take the reins of your life into your hands, you get to decide and steer into your own course. Recognize the importance of what you choose, where you put your attention and the actions you take. This simple awareness will take you to the election polls, to your interactions with neighbors and friends and to the actions you take every day. Make them count. Be the agent for good that you are looking for.
DON’T BE NAIVE – HOLD YOUR LIGHT HIGH
There is no denying the evil, moral decrepitude, and a rampant decay of decency. Be aware and move away from it entering your circle of light and life. Stop doom scrolling, limit your exposure to the negative. The more you hold your light high, the more you help others who need it. The impact you make with your decency cannot be underestimated. Give generously, be loving, kind and hopeful that others will too.
Let me know if you’d like help with this.