I wanted to write about this because it's making me more conscious of my thought patterns. My friend Lippy (David Lipinski), who visited last weekend, reminded me to look at all the good that IS going on in the world and the good things that ARE happening in our country. He just returned from a trip to Nepal (where basic things such as clean water and sanitation aren't a given).
It's easy to focus on the negative, and I don't want that to be my focus. I've learned that it's just as easy to take on a positive attitude (or energy) as it is a negative one. Being around people like David reminds me of this — that I can be conscious of it. I can choose. It's like the choice to be happy, in spite of things. I can focus on what IS right about the world and myself and my life.
David notes that the Dali Lama says the news always focuses on the negative and all the horrific things going on. You'd think everything and everyone is this way. But, he says, this really isn't so and that the majority of people are good and are out doing good and kind things every day. This was a great reminder.
I lay in bed thinking about this the other morning and I was inspired by David's enthusiasm and attitude. It reminded me that it IS easy to get into the habit of focusing on the negative in the world (and everyday things) and forget about ALL the good things and PEOPLE out there. It also reminded me that things in life don't always go exactly as I'd like them (or picture them in my fantasy "perfect world" scenario), but this is how life is, and it's really wonderful to be here in spite of the trials and tribulations and less-than-perfect world. It's actually MORE than wonderful! When I accept what is, I can become happy and peaceful, or at least have more happy and peaceful times.