It can be hard to stay thankful in the broken world we live in. It seems like everywhere we turn there's more bad news waiting for us. Things have become so bad that we're now desensitized to what's going on. With the amount of terrorism that's been in the news lately, I've begun to brush it off because now it's just one of those things that happen in our world. It's awful, and I hate that I feel that way, and I hate that all these horrible things are so common that they don't even evoke an emotional reaction anymore.
The news that's delivered nowadays tends to lean towards the negative side. We're told all about the latest sexual assault scandal but we're never told about the woman who's finally beat breast cancer after years of struggling. It's not a bad thing that we hear about bad news-- it's important to know exactly what is going on in the world, especially the problematic parts so we can learn to fix them and fight for what we care about. But it would be nice to hear something good coming through the television every once in a while.
Considering that the news has been like this for quite sometime, it's unlikely that we're going to start recognizing all the good things that are happening, although I hope we are working towards that goal everyday. Instead, we have to start focusing on the positive in the context of our own lives. In a world that tells us there is nothing to be thankful for, we have to show them that there is.
There are so many things you can be thankful for. You can be thankful for the big things, like the promotion at work, the fact that you have vacation time to relax, or the trip you have planned for the summer. You can also be thankful for the small things. You can be thankful for the consistency of beautiful sunrises and sunsets everyday. You can be thankful for the family for friends that you have in your life. You can be thankful for the Twitter accounts that consist solely of pictures of dogs.
I read in my devotional this morning that if you notice all the little things that most people never see, you will be filled with "heart-bursting Joy." Sounds so simple, right? But it works. Start thinking of the tiny things you love and are grateful for. Just keep going and keep making a big list of all the lovely things you see around you. Tell me that doesn't do something to your heart.
I want to encourage you to look towards the little joys when the world isn't giving you a reason to smile. The news and the media is there to broadcast what is going on in the world and to keep people informed. Generally, the bad news has more of a priority to be told first because of the way it can affect the community. But don't allow the bad news let you think there is no room for good news. Keep a good balance of both the good and the bad. When no one is showing you the good, go out and find it for yourself, then show it to someone else who may be struggling to stay thankful.
There's so much to be thankful for everyday, both big and small. Don't let the negative news in the media influence you to believe that there is nothing nice left in the world. There's always at least one thing that you can be grateful for. Now go find your something beautiful!!