As my dear friend Bradley Cooper reminds us as Pat in his latest film, you have to look for the silver lining in every situation J. This includes the mundane day-to-day tasks we have to do. This includes the terrible situations that happen all around the world on a daily basis. We need to step up as human beings to help out others, but how do we find the courage and motivation to do so? Find the silver lining – the ease of which a smile appears on a child’s face reminds us to see the joy in things. Are you drowning in a pile of work with no end in site? How lucky are you to have a job when so many others do not. How lucky are we to have a roof over our head and technology to connect us to the rest of the world.
The world sucks. Until we stop pretending that our universe does not exist outside of our tiny bubble, it will continue to be that way. But we can start to make a change in our realities by being more optimistic. You will certainly drown yourself in misery if you focus only on the negative aspect of things. Being positive is challenging, so is walking for some people, but it is possible for all of us to achieve.
All that we are arises from our thoughts, and with our thoughts we create our reality. –the Buddha
So please practice acts of kindness to yourself and others as the New Year begins. If we all took a millisecond more than we currently do to care about someone else, to thank a stranger, or to look up and acknowledge the beauty and joy that surrounds us, I truly feel the world will be a better place.
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