This has been a really tough week for a lot of people. Actually, it’s not just this week – but it certainly feels more intense right now, doesn’t it? Between the fighting in the Middle East, the rioting happening right here in the US, and Ebola disease in Africa (just to name a few things), it might feel like the world is falling apart.
But right now, as you read this, remember that you are ok, and so am I.
A lot of people seem to be fearful, and fear breeds anger. We live in a scary world, but is that anything new? Think back through the course of history. There have been wars that go on for years, mass protests, battles that threatened the lives of millions, crazy dictators, plagues, and countless other tragedies.
What IS new is how much we are exposed to it.
The birth of the internet and the explosion of social media have put it all at our fingertips – and in our face almost instantaneously!
Are you sensitive to negativity? Perhaps this constant barrage of stories about blood, battles, protests and deaths might make you feel like you want to crawl under a rock and stay there.
But please don’t. The world needs to hear your voice and see your brilliance!
I’m not saying I think we should intentionally attempt to stay clueless about what goes on around us (even though part of me would love to go through life blissfully immune). But I do advocate having boundaries.
I do ask you to remember this, however: The power of choice is a beautiful thing. You have that power, and you have choices.
Here’s something you can try: If the news upsets you, turn it off. Turn off the TV. Shut down Twitter. Just do it.
If your Facebook feed is stressing you out, hide the stories that upset you. You can even consider unfollowing some folks whose posts create stress or anger. You don’t even have to unfriend them – just hide them from your news feed with the click of a button.
I’m experiencing that frustration too. I just spent 5 minutes on Facebook and got angry and frustrated, really fast – so I shared my frustration with a friend, and then came to talk with you.
I prefer not to engage in heated public debates, so when I’m tempted to, I know that’s a sign that I need to walk away and give myself time to think, time to relax and regain a sense of calm.
And so, here’s what I want for you ~
When you’re having a tough time, remember that right now, at this very minute, you are ok. You are ok – and you deserve to stay that way. Write that on a sticky note “I Am OK” and put it where you can see it frequently ~ on your bathroom mirror, on your car dash, on the corner of your computer monitor, on the front of your refrigerator. (You get the idea.) Make it your mantra.
Right now, at this moment, everything is ok.
And here’s what I’m asking you to do then:
If this resonated with you, I’d love it if you would help turn the tide.
- post something positive on social media
- buy someone a coffee
- give someone a hug
- pay the toll for the car behind you
- send flowers
- say thank you
- or even just flash someone a smile in passing
Little choices make a big difference – and that’s what makes the world a better place!