More people are talking about gratitude these days than ever it seems. That is a fantastic thing. It truly does hold power beyond our comprehension. To think on things above and be grateful is a whole new world for most of us. When we make a habit of this, we suddenly have a hundred fold more for which to be grateful. What we turn our attention to is magnified and multiplied.
It is so easy to listen to and follow all of the bad. To talk about it, grumble about it and jump on the bandwagon to bemoan it all and lament the horrible state of everything. Much of our society does this. If you look at the news shows and even entertainment shows you will see that the vast majority of it is stuff you wouldn’t like to have happen to you. So, ask yourself, why am I drawn to this? Why am I allowing this into my world? Why am I choosing to focus on this? Do I understand that I am creating more of it in my life?
We forget that all inputs affect us. All of them. Some on very subtle levels and some at blatant levels. Who of us didn’t stay glued to the TV, paralyzed after 9-11? I know that I pretty much stayed in bed watching that all day and evening for days. I had a TV in the bedroom then, which is another thing I am glad to have let go. That is a separate topic for another time. I sat there thinking how bad this was and how awful and how our lives were changed and how they were coming after me next. It was a huge fear producing, fear magnifying time. What did it gain me for buying into it? Did that worry and anxiety and the immersion in all that fed it grow me one cubit? I think not. Yes, a lot of good came out of the whole thing overall. Of course, good always does and I am thankful for that. Personally, I am grateful to be able to see and learn from the experience.
I realized that sitting in fear watching other people live or die on TV, based on some reporter’s account, does not in any way advance my world or my contribution to the world at large. Consuming and contributing to the mass of negative energy is not in my best interest or anyone else’s. You might say that my view is myopic and one sided, perhaps even naive. I would say, you bet it is. On purpose. That stuff doesn’t help me. I choose to keep my mind on what is pure, good, right, lovely and of good report. I hear about the tragedies. I hear of the outrage that happens in the world despite not seeking them out. When I do, I pray and send positive thoughts for those affected. I am grateful in advance for the good that will inevitably come out of it and I move forward with my life mission.
Some will judge me harshly for my stance on this and that is their right and privilege. They will say that I should get involved and be informed. I understand that point. However, in my opinion, the most significant and impactful way that I can help is to live my best life, encourage and teach others to do the same and to show the way. I look for, find and give thanks for all of the good, even the good in less than ideal circumstances. When we can routinely find and draw out the good in all situations, that is where the power just explodes. My prayers and thoughts of a positive outcome, coupled with my commitment to transforming my own life and the lives of anyone who is ready to join me is my best weapon, my best medicine and my best act of service. I am filled with deepest appreciation and thanks to be able to do just that.