“The gospel does not require anything good that man must furnish: not a good heart, not a good disposition, no improvement of his condition, no godliness, no love either of God or men. It issues no orders, but changes man. It plants love into his heart and makes him capable of all good works. It demands nothing, but it gives all. Should not this fact make us leap for joy?”
“You are dear to me, and greatly adored. You are held in the most precious place of my heart; and I hope you remain there.”
“He who loves, sees.”
“Just because someone desires you, it does not mean that they value you.
Read it over.
Let those words resonate in your mind.”
How do you keep such a positive and happy outlook towards life and the human race, especially considering the tumult of the past few weeks? I want to have a similar outlook as you but I can't help but get overwhelmed by the world and it's sufferings.
It has been hard.
Don’t think I’ve watched the past few weeks quietly: I am outraged by the injustices of the world and I am horrified by what has been done to people. We’ve all watched the news with our hands over our mouths. Some days, it is overwhelming. But when the bad stuff overwhelms you, you let it win.
My recipe: practice gratitude, practice compassion, and practice action.
Practicing gratitude keeps your own spirits up. Take time to notice and reflect on the good in the world. Make it a habit. Make a list. Just dedicating a few minutes each day to thankfulness and positivity can really change your perspective.
Practicing compassion helps you understand what the world really feels like. Try to comprehend the incomprehensible. Sometimes you will fail, but the effort is worth it. Practice compassion for all people. So many people are afraid and insecure and discontent. Before you write them off, think about why they do what they do. Acknowledge that people do cruel and terrible things for many reasons. Start with yourself. In many cases, we are not so different.
Practicing action is what puts the wheels of change in motion. Maybe it is picking up and moving halfway around the world to work in a refugee camp or as a soldier in the military. Maybe not. Maybe it is donating to a good cause, or protesting, or hosting a food drive, or writing to your congressman or congresswoman. Maybe it is tutoring and mentoring kids at a school near you that lacks resources. Maybe it is watching the way you react to and interact with people who are different from you. Small things matter. Aim for big things.
Ultimately, I really believe in people. The world is filled with compassionate, good people who just want to work peacefully and be with the people they love. We can’t let the bastards keep us from believing that. It is a lot easier to start terror (or disease, or bigotry) than it is to eradicate it. But I believe we can - together. We can’t let the suffering fracture us and blind us permanently from the beauty. We - our actions, our hearts - are the beauty.
Guys, this girl is amazing. I can’t tell you how lucky I am to call her my friend.