It’s not fun to watch the news anymore. Seriously, I find myself not blinking, mouth wide open, absolutely shocked with what’s going on in the world. The first fifteen minutes of every newscast is brutal. Fiscal cliffs, murder-suicides, the crisis in the middle east, lockouts, massive storms, and heartbreaking stories about abducted children. It makes it difficult for me to lay my head on the pillow, close my eyes, and fall asleep with all of these horrific things happening around us.
So what are we to do? How do we change this world? Let’s be honest, we can’t change the economic crisis here in our own backyard. We can’t! That’s for the lobbyists, senators, and elected officials to sort out. How can we convince the people in the middle east that war is not the answer? How can we stop people from carrying weapons into shopping centers and unleashing horrible attacks? Certainly we can raise awareness and try and prevent these kinds of events from happening through education…but we can’t stop tonight’s news from happening! What will it be tonight? I am sure there won’t be much to smile at before the first set of commercials, let’s put it that way, and the frustrating part, we can’t do anything to stop it. That’s life.
So here is what I have decided to do. Starting today, I am not going to turn my cheek or ignore the news, I am going to accept it for what it is, and then create my own headlines in life by sharing something positive. I am going to smile more, compliment my friends, open doors for strangers, tip an extra buck or two, whatever it takes to make “my world” a little better.
Too many times we leave the house without kissing our kids or hugging our partners, not knowing what lies out there for us on that particular day. What if something should happen? There would certainly be regrets. Let’s not allow that to happen. Let’s remind ourselves to love our family and friends by showing affection and telling them what they mean to us. Let’s pick up the phone and mend a broken friendship instead of ignoring it for another day.
I have a beautiful little girl named Quincy and the most amazing wife in Dana. My little cubicle here at work is covered with pictures of both of them. Often I sit here and stare at the photos and ask myself, “Where has the time gone?” A picture of my wife from 3 years past at the Race for the Cure, just one year after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. My little angel sitting on Santa’s lap, unable to move because she’s just 5 months old…now almost 3, and is an unstoppable force running around the backyard moments before I take her to school. A picture of my old dog Maddie, who died 2 years ago. This little space is more than just a cubicle filled with pictures, these are my stories and my memories.
So instead of buying into the news, I am going to make my own. I am going to appreciate what I have right now. Every person is different, situations and lifestyles are all unique. Some people have fancy cars and houses, while others struggle to afford groceries. Some people have a lot of friends, and others have none. But there is one thing that we all have in common: how we treat our own lives.
Let’s be grateful today. Count your blessings…you might be surprised by all that you have~