Let’s face it; we are living in a world dominated by bad news! Switching on the TV or radio, reading the newspaper (some still do even in this technological age) or listening to conversation, often leaves us despairing for the world we live in. Images of wars, famine, murder, rape, homelessness and suicide fill our heart with grief and anxiety and a sense of hopelessness.
Whilst these things have been evident for many years, they seem to have escalated to epic proportions. Claims that “the end of the world is nigh” are abundant and we struggle to see the beauty and opportunities around us, leaving us feeling negative about life as a whole.
So how do we counter this proliferation of negativity in our lives? These things are happening and are not going away any time soon. Do we become proverbial “Ostriches”, burying our heads in the sand or focus on feverishly making a fortune enabling us to buy a private island to escape to?
Consider 7 ways to live positively in the midst of the gloom.
- Intentionally seek out good news. There really are some amazing, wonderful, uplifting things happening out there. Go type ‘positive stories’ on http://www.youtube.com/ as one example.
- ‘Be’ good news. Find someone who is struggling or needing a helping hand and be that ‘hand’ to them. Share a kind word or do something loving for them.
- Show gratitude. It’s easy when feeling negative to count your woes! Try (as our family has) placing a ‘gratitude jar’ in a prominent place in your home. Write down just one thing you are thankful for each week and place it in the jar. Month end go back and read them out.
- Find your “Happy place”. Find a place (not always geographical) you can ‘go to’ where you can concentrate on ‘good’. For me it’s on my ‘Japanese Harley’ cruiser or on rocks near the sea. Pray, meditate about positive things, read, write. Smell the roses.
- Live a day at a time. When we hear bad news and think ahead of what it may mean, it often grows out of all proportion. Practice a ‘mantra’ when you wake. I use “This is the day The Lord has made and I will rejoice in it.”
- Find a ‘Yes’ person. Find someone who is mostly positive about life, says “yes” to life and invest in this friendship.
- Seek a Higher power. The world we live in is a fallen one with much pain, sorrow and fear. However there is One who created it and He wants you to experience abundant life. We can’t handle life on our own but can live it victoriously with our Creator’s help.
Yes, the world can be a tough, sad place, but as each of us chooses to practice the principles above, I believe we can make it a better place, one person at a time, looking from a different angle.
Try it or give other suggestions! Let me know how you get on!