The first weeks of 2021 started with turmoil and chaos and regardless of your beliefs, the events last week in the US were troubling. While anger and rage are emotions that will not go away; we can do our part to minimize the impact these emotions have on ourselves, our community and our world if we focus on love and compassion.
These days, it is easy to get caught in a negative feedback loop consuming too much news. We can’t fall into a cynical attitude and believe everything is doomed. In reality, there is still a lot of good in the world and if we focus on serving others, we can be a shining light of beauty in the world. I remind myself of the beauty and good in our world by getting outside, especially in the morning. The sunrise colors hitting the horizon and animals waking to remind me we are part of something much greater than ourselves. We can help bring our world together or tear it apart. As Booker T. Washington said, “Great men cultivate love, only little men cherish a spirit of hatred.” Which do you want to be? Are you showing love and compassion to others or anger and contempt?
We are all in this world together and assuming the worst from others only adds stress to your life and does not build and foster growth. In fact, it blocks off our minds to other points of view. I encourage you to remind yourself that everyone has their own beliefs and opinions and, if they do not align with yours, anger, hatred, or rage should not be our response. If we focus on love and compassion for others and put our egos aside, we can do our part to decrease the pain and suffering in our world. At the end of the day, we are all in this together.