Unless you live under a rock, you know of all the tragedies going on in the world. Bombings, shootings diseases, starvation, fires, droughts, floods, you name it, it's happening. Wouldn't we all love to be able to save the world one person at a time. It breaks our heart and rips us apart inside to hear of all the devastation happening. Our first thought? We feel helpless and hopeless. What on earth can we possibly do to alleviate the sadness all around us?
We all do our part in helping to make the world a beautiful more loving place but obviously we can't save everyone by ourselves. Often it may even feel like your efforts are wasted or have gone unnoticed. They aren't and haven't. it's not even just the tragedies going on around the world, it can also be the stress and conflict within your own world either at home or work. The traffic, the 60-hour work week, the business trips, the kids are fighting. It seems to never end. When does it, when will it ever stop?
It can and it will but it starts with you. Here are a few tips to help keep you relatively sane in this zany world.
1. Random act of kindness.
Go do this. Do this lots. Every day every hour if you want. The world needs more kind people. Be one and when people watch you perform your acts of kindness they will be more inspired to follow suit. That's how the world changes, one person at a time. These acts can be as small as holding the door open for someone, with a smile, or buying a homeless person food. Babysitting for a single mother so she can go to the movies with friends or mowing the lawn at the senior's home. Choose your weapon of mass kindness and do it.
2. Avoid drama at all cost.
I know that may seem almost impossible to do but trust me, it's not. As soon as you feel or hear and see drama coming on or starting, simply walk away. You don't have to take part in any of that, ever. It's your choice. Even if it's your family, you still have the choice to walk away. You don't have to stay and listen or engage in their shit talk. Go and be a part of a conversation that makes you happy.
3. Smile lots.
As much as you can. All day if you want. It's really up to you how much you want to smile. The more you smile, the happier you will feel and the more at peace your mind will be. Do it while you are alone or walking down the street. Spread some cheer. The world needs more of that. Eventually, as you keep smiling it will become a brilliant habit and you will automatically do it without even thinking about it or realize you are doing it. It will just become a part of you. the result? You will just feel happier and so will the recipients of your smile.
4. Shut them down.
Your worrisome negative thoughts that is. Your mind will go into overdrive if you give it the green light to do so. Don't let it. You control your mind and your thoughts. Feed your mind with positive happy thoughts. Soon as you feel something negative coming on, immediately switch it off. You can do it. This will take some practice but it can be done. This could be negative thoughts about the horrible events around the world or even your boss. Turn that negative thought into something you are grateful for.
5. Unplug all devices.
Not literally but physically step away from cell phones, iPad, computers, tvs and anything else that may be delivering horrible news to you. We don't want any part of that. Everything is still going to go on even if you don't know what's going on all over the world. If it's something you need to be concerned with I'm sure someone will inform you. You'll find out. The rest of the stuff, you can't really do anything about. Send out a healing prayer and let it go. Put on some fun light music instead and go for a nice walk in the park or read a love story, do a puzzle, whatever makes your heart sing. Do more of that.
You can see in this crazy zany world of ours, there are still ways to stay happy and sane. You can choose to get caught up in drama or just be in peace. Choose wisely.