My Mother-In-Law says “I’m too old for sad things.” It’s one of her reasons for not watching the sad movies.
I get it.
I don’t believe I’m too old for sad things, but I am definitely too tired of hearing negative things. If we are to “turn on the lights in places that have grown dark,” then we need to BE a light.
I heard someone say yesterday that “Our nation is doomed and we deserve whatever happens to us,” and, aside from my disbelief and shock, I felt sad that he would say it. It was all in response to a New York Times article discussing Internet statistics, entitled Googling for God.
I won’t even go into the article. You can read that for yourself and draw your own conclusions. What I do want to take issue with is the thought that we are doomed, deserving of bad things, and unredeemable.
- You are not doomed. You are awesome.
- You may be broken, but you are fixable.
- You don’t deserve bad things. You deserve an amazing life.
- Redemption belong to us all, and you can make different choices today than you did yesterday. Decide and do it.
I am making it a point to shine light, and I invite you to do the same. If we lift each other up, our collective boat is higher, and that is good.
- So, when the urge comes to me to make a snap judgment on someone, I will wait. I will find something positive instead.
- When I hear or read something negative, I will make it a point to specifically put something positive out there.
- When I catch myself emotionally responding in an old, negative way, I will remember that my words matter, and I can choose to shine a light today instead of adding to darkness.
What are you doing today to lift up and shine a light? Tomorrow Begins Today.