This past month or so, since shortly before the elections, has been filled with turmoil and negativity. And it seems the momentum is scarcely slowing at all, even with the elections over. Everywhere I look online, someone is railing at someone else about the results.
Come on folks. The election was over two weeks ago. We can do nothing now to change the results. Whether your candidate won or lost, what we have is what we have, for the next four years. Complaining about losing or crowing about winning changes nothing, but it will lose you friends and peace of mind.
The thing about beating a dead horse is that it will never get up to run again. No matter what you do to it, it is still a dead horse. You can yell, kick, scream, or threaten it all you like. And it will continue to lie there and do nothing.
It’s the same thing with life. When you reach a point where a thing can’t be changed, move on. Let it go. While it might be nice to live in a world where a thing can be, not be, or be anything (Robert A. Heinlein–Waldo and Magic Inc.) it just isn’t so. And I’m sure if it were true, there would be at least as many things to complain about as we have now.
For one things is true. When we get stuck in the rut of complaint and negativity, it can be hard to get back out. There are always negative things in the world, things we don’t like, and things we would like to see done differently. When all we do is look for things which have gone wrong, or which bring us down, eventually, that’s all we see.
And as we create our own bit of reality, where our hearts and minds are, so is our world.
I have a challenge for you. It’s right at 30 days before Christmas, a holiday many of you celebrate. It is supposed to be a season of peace and joy.
For the next 30 days, find something positive each day to focus on. Give thanks. Show gratitude. Be kind.
And for those of you on Facebook and Twitter, if you post anything at all, you must post at least one item which is uplifting in some way. It can be a humorous way of looking at life–without putting anyone down. It can be a statement of thanks or gratitude. It can point out something of beauty in nature, something that makes us stop and smile.
Pretty soon, if we all join in, we can turn this incoming tide of negativity and bring in joy, peace, and thanks.
Will you join me?