It’s difficult in times like these: ideals, dreams and cherished hopes rise within us, only to be crushed by grim reality. It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart. –Anne Frank
How can we find anything to be grateful for this Thanksgiving?
There’s always something to be grateful for. Even in light of the horrific terror attack in Paris and then Mali earlier this month there are things to be grateful for on Thanksgiving Day. At the very least, we can be grateful that the loss of innocent lives wasn’t more (while even one is too many).
Yes, the world is a scary place right now. This make it easy to lose sight of the goodness that surrounds us even during times like these. What I’m grateful for is seeing how many good people there are in the world.
Unfortunately, we don’t often see as much reporting on the “goodness” of people until a savage act is committed such as what the US experienced on 9/11 or what took place in Paris earlier this month. During times of crisis stories of heroic acts, people’s generosity and kindness abound but after the crisis these stories dwindle. The truth is though that the “goodness” of people is still there even when it’s not in the news.
I’m grateful for…
The goodness of people and all the good Samaritans in the world.
Random acts of kindness.
That most people’s hearts are NOT filled with hatred.
That there are many more good people in the world than bad.
How can we avoid becoming jaded and cynical during times like this?
I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.
We need to focus on the all collective good in the world embodied by so many people, and we need to be grateful for it. It’s too easy to get sucked into seeing only the dark side of life. After a traumatic event like this all our fears come to the surface. If we’re not careful soon our lives become ruled by fear and then we do become cynical and jaded.
I see the world gradually being turned into a wilderness. I hear the ever-approaching thunder, which will destroy us too. I can feel the sufferings of millions and yet, if I look up into the heavens, I think that it will all come right, that this cruelty too will end, and that peace and tranquility will return again.
What you focus on expands and that goes for seeing the goodness in the world too.
You’ve got to be grateful for even the tiniest glimmer of goodness you see. A tiny glimmer is all it takes refocus your attention and restore your hope for the future. Keep looking for the good and you’ll see it and the more you look for it the more you’ll see of it.
See the good, do good and be goodness.
It may sound simplistic but I don’t see any alternative. We have a choice. Do we see only terror and fearful things in the world or do we choose to know that this is not the truth about the world? Do we choose to focus on drawing the good in the world to the forefront of our perception or to draw the negativity around us out of the foreground? Both exist simultaneously but we get to decide which will be the lens through we see our world.
Choose to be grateful for…
All the goodness that is at the core of most people. Never stop seeing the goodness no matter what’s going on. It’s always there just as surely as the sun is always shining even when its brilliant rays are obscured by clouds.
Gratitude also opens your eyes to the limitless potential of the universe, while dissatisfaction closes your eyes to it. –Stephen Richards
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