There’s a lot going on in the world these days. The news media, social media and our friends, family and colleagues can’t stop talking about tragedy. We feel worn down, lost. We may even feel like the world is getting worse. (Statistically, violent crime in the United States has dropped significantly since I was a kid in the 90s.)
We’re quick to anger, to fear, to worry about the state of things. But anger, worry and fear do not fix the things that plague us, and they don’t make them go away.
In the midst of all this, it helps to remember just how much GOOD there is also in the world. How much beauty there is out there. Here’s a list of the things I can see in my day to day life and smile:
The surplus of rabbits I’ve been seeing in my area lately
The thousands of varieties of flowers, trees and plants that bloom in beautiful rainbows along the path I walk Bingley every day
A woman I know who had just been diagnosed with stage 2 cervical and ovarian cancer came into my work to give US gifts
The beauty of the sunset
The heat of the sun being tempered by cool breezes
Friends who tag me in videos of cute baby clothes or otters, because they know me and they want to make me smile
And the Universe, who reminds me every day that things can be better:
Avoiding something, Andrea, draws it ever near.
Defending yourself can become a full time job.
And worrying about things that might never happen increases their chances of happening.
Yet still, you are 10,000 times more likely to laugh than cry, be healthy than sick, live rich than poor, have friends than be alone.
That’s the kind of momentum you’ve garnered through countless lifetimes of love. That’s the kind of power you long ago learned to master. And, quite frankly, those were the odds you negotiated.
You’re just another part of me,
Your whole life is proof, Andrea.
The Universe is wise.
In times like these, it helps to unplug, go outside, and look around at all the beauty in the world.