Today i am feeling reflective. I have been thinking about the ups and downs of life. With all that is going on in the country and the world, my perennial optimism has been squeezed and squished, ALMOST eliminated.
The emphasis is on almost. The more I see on social media and the news, the more i realize how important it is for me to have a personal filter. My personal filter is based on faith, love, hope, and wisdom.
I do not want to get into any specific political views. Why? My reason is that I just want to hope. I want to live my life with kindness and love.
All I can do, in my own life, is to stick to my own path. I must continue to believe that God has me in His sheltering arms, no matter what.
It is of paramount importance to me that I focus on the good in people.
My parents raised me to make a difference. If I griped to them about things not being right in the world or people being nasty, they would remind me that I must go first. They said maybe others would change, improve, become kinder and more loving. Even if they don’t, the balance of the world shifts with each person who loves.
Anger, cynicism, and bitterness do not serve me well. They rip my heart, soul, and spirit apart. So each day throughout this past 12 months, I have been attempting to wrap myself in faith, hope, and love. Some days I find myself shivering in a world that feels cold at times.
Of course, I keep all of you in my prayers. Be the light, my friends. The light keeps us warm.