I’ve been feeling unsettled lately. It’s probably not unique to me. In fact, it’s not all that unique in general. Life is chaotic, regardless of the century or place in which you are living.
My heart is heavy for the young men and women we lost in service to this great nation. My heart is heavy for the many lives lost to Covid 19. We have serious issues with drugs, open borders, terror threats and so much more.
But I’ve always been an optimist so I start each day thanking God for the numerous blessings in my life. It’s true that we choose our attitudes each day. It’s difficult to lift ourselves up when we feel so heavily burdened, but we must.
How do you start your day? Do you wake up worried about the world, how your day will unfold, or whose bad mood you’ll have to face? Try something different. Before you get out of bed, take a moment to breathe deeply–slowly, in and out. Focus on gratitude. For what are you thankful on this day? The list is probably quite long. You have a full day ahead of you. What can you do in this day to be intentional, purposeful, and productive? Don’t bog yourself down with minute details over this. Perhaps your intention is to smile more. That’s an easy one. Finally, always let go of mistakes you made in the past by forgiving yourself. We tend to be far too hard on ourselves.
Yes, the world may seem unsettled, but if all of us try harder to find our center, our focus, our stability in the craziness, maybe we can help bring a sense of peace to that part of the world in which we exist.