I love this quote because it reminds me (and I do need reminding) that what is going on outside of me does not have to be reflected inside of me. There is chaos in the world, and there is a lot of anger and hurt and division right now. However, I can do what I can in order to change that by writing about it and by sending letters and signing petitions. But, if I want to live a life that is not full of stress and worry, I really need to put up boundaries and leave it all outside my mind.
It’s taken me a long time to realize that, and I longer I try to put the focus on what I can do, and what I can’t do the more peaceful I feel. No amount of brooding I do is going to change others. Focus on what you can do, change what you can, and make yourself the best you can be. Yes, be active with what you can do for the outside world, but don’t make yourself crazy by letting that be your only focus. You can’t change the world, but you can influence and change your life. Work on that, and hopefully your change will ripple outward and touch the rest of your world.
No matter how crazy your life is, no matter how hurried, do one thing. It’s simple, it doesn’t cost any money. Be kind. Smile, have a positive message for those you meet while you’re out and about in the world. Just, be kind.
Our country seems to be more divided than ever. Now is the time to come together as one, to understand that we are more alike than we are different. We need to become one people with the goal of good for all. For what is a benefit for my sister is also a benefit for my brother, and will benefit me as well.
After all the excitement of the last week or so, I hope that you’re able to take a few moments to sit back and reflect on all the things that have brought joy and gratitude to your lives this past year. It’s so easy to get caught up in the business of every day living, and forget to see the joy that surrounds us. Daily life can be so stressful, that often our minds are only set on what we have to do and we miss connecting to the simple joys and gratitude of just living. Take some time and think about what brought you joy this year, and what you’re grateful for.
Are you ready? Have you been good, or are you on the naughty list? If you are on the naughty list I hope that you at least had fun getting there! Every year, right around this time, I make the exact same resolution. I promise myself I’ll get an earlier start on gift buying and wrapping the presents. And, every year…the same thing happens. I start out already behind. You would think that I’d learn, right?
Well, whatever state you’re in as far as preparation, just try and remember to relax and let the love and joy through. Good luck to all the other unprepared people out there. We’ll recognize each other from the matching panic on our faces!