I know, it's kind of a forward title, but it's pretty accurate. Recently so many bad things have been happening-- the nation is divided by political standpoints, natural disasters are destroying homes and lives, and it seems we can't go a week without hearing about another terrorist attack. There's also personal problems we have to deal with-- the fact that you failed the test you studied for for days, the guy you like is dating someone else, and you and your parents are fighting. With so much happening in the world, how can we possibly find anything good?
I'm really bad about this, and it's been even worse this year. I'm under tons of stress from school, and whenever one little thing goes wrong, I'm in a bad mood for the rest of the day. But I'm not here to complain about my life, because I'm still grateful for what I have. I'm here because I've noticed how much impact the bad things have on my life. And it sucks. I hate feeling like nothing is going right in my life. It's the worst. But after a conversation with my mom that included a lot of tears, I decided I was done hating on every negative thing in my life and I was ready for something good to happen.
Let's be honest guys. If we focus on everything negative, we're never going to be happy. Because unfortunately, difficult things happen on the daily. It seems like the second you accomplish something, there's just one more thing you have to do after that. So we need to change our perspective. We have to start searching for the tiny victories in the big battles.
I'm not promising that things will instantly become flawless when you switch your perspective, because they won't. But when you switch your perspective, the bad things don't seem so horrible because you can still find something good in light of it all. I know it's harder than it sounds, but we've got to start looking for the positives. Sometimes it's difficult. Sometimes the negative outnumbers your positive like crazy. But that doesn't mean your positive is any less valid. For example, today is the day that the Las Vegas shooting happened. It was the deadliest shooting in American history. I was watching the news this morning and it was absolutely devastating. But, as I left for school, the sky looked like this:
I'm clearly not trying to take emphasis off of how horrible the shooting was. I'm not trying to say that we shouldn't think about it or mourn about it. The point is that even throughout all the pain and horrible things that happen, at least something good happened. It's not much in comparison to the horrible events of the day, but it's something. And sometimes something is enough.
We have to start applying this to our lives, myself included. Try to find something good about the situation, or just life in general if it's too hard to find something connected to what happened. This is where the title of my blog comes from- finding something beautiful-even in the midst of it all.
I already said it, but let's start searching for the tiny victories in the big battles. And take it into you own hands. It's up to you to decide whether or not the sucky things are going to affect you or not. Sometimes things are horrible and devastating, but during the daily or normal stress, like homework, try to think positively about the situation. If you guys are still struggling with dealing with rough situations, here are a few things that have helped me in the past:
Vapor (A Mediation)- If you put pressure on yourself to be doing things to prepare for the future, listen to this to help put everything in perspective.
How to Live a Stress Free Life- This helps remind you why we should let go of stress and why letting go of stress actually makes things easier.
Perspective- I wrote this a little while ago when I was struggling with school stress, and it helps you realize that some things we stress about aren't nearly as important as we think they are.
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