If you were to base your view of the world simply on the news streaming from your television every day, there’s probably a good chance that you have a stockpile of antidepressants in your medicine cabinet. With all of the destruction, hate crimes, murders, financial debacles, natural disasters and pure devastation going on all around us (often not too far from home), it can sometimes seem impossible to find an ounce of the world that’s worth savoring or being thankful for.
I believe that the world is sick, sick with poverty and hate and pollution; but I also believe that there is hope and it rests within the beauty and love that already exists; we just have to open to seeing and finding value in it. Much work needs to done to get our planet in order, and thankfully many strides have already been taken. It is not a feat capable of success over night, but it is also not a losing battle. It takes passion and sacrifice to heal the world. I have faith in the generations of the world today and those generations to come. I have faith that there will still be a world that my grandchildren will find worth living for. And I have faith that in the midst of the battles we face every day, there is always something to be thankful for, something to make you stop, take a deep breath, and know that God is good.
This is the focus I choose to have in life - to center my self in the beauty of nature and humanity that is so often overlooked. It is the “little things” that make a difference, because without them we would all undoubtedly be institutionalized. It is these little joys and tiny rays of sunshine that put smiles on our faces and warmth in our hearts. It is these beautiful moments that keep us going, our faces aimed at the light.
I believe that the world is filled with inspiration; we just have to be open enough to see it, to feel it all around us. We cannot see with our eyes shut. We cannot accept with our minds locked. We cannot feel with our hearts sewn closed. Inspiration fills the air every second of the day, but it cannot make an impact within us if we keep our doors closed. Air out those cobwebs in your brain and release those butterflies from your heart. Open wide your shutters and “let the sun shine in,” because it is a beautiful day.