Positivity is an incredibly powerful force, yet it’s one that is massively underutilized. Flags across the country have been at half mast all year. Our country is at odds; odds against foreign “enemies” and worse, within our own communities. There is so much hate swirling through the air and infiltrating our cities, homes and minds. We could use some positivity in our lives more than ever.
Terrorism, racism, bigotry and hate aren’t easy issues to solve. Our leaders, politicians and influencers have a monumental task ahead of them and one that will have to be chipped away at for years, decades, and lifetimes. But it’s not all on them – it’s also on us. I’ve thought a lot about how I can help. It’s overwhelming and it’s hard to imagine how anything I can do will make a difference.
But, as I’ve read through people’s reactions to the recent violence and terror, I’ve noticed that the ones that seem to make the biggest impact are those that don’t place blame on any one person. Instead, they point the fingers back at us. We’re all in this together and one way that we can make a difference, as tiny as it may seem, is to stay positive. No matter how little control we think we have, we all are the master of our own thoughts and our actions. We decide to judge. We decide to hate. We decide to be scared.
Let’s decide to be positive. Let’s recognize our biases and judgments and let them go. While it may seem like a small feat (and sadly in no way can ease the pain of those who have been directly affected), it’s at least a step. Bringing awareness and positivity to our own actions rather than feeling helpless or placing blame on others is a weapon every one of us possesses. Let’s use that weapon for good together.
Who’s with me?