As I was purging photos from my phone this morning, I stumbled across a post I found on a blog site a while back. I’m always fascinated how things show up when we need them most. I had been feeling out of sorts and needed a reminder that I’m responsible for my own happiness and inner peace.
Over the past few weeks, I had slipped into overwhelm by a number business-related challenges brought on by the ongoing pandemic. I was also carrying some pretty heavy emotions concerning world events such as the global warming crises, gun violence, racism and the ongoing war in Ukraine. While it’s okay to feel deeply, if we’re not careful, we can easily get overtaken by them—especially if we neglect to notice all the profound beauty, kindness and love that co-exists alongside them.
Reading this story again was exactly what I needed to change the trajectory I was on. If you’re also in need of a reset, I hope it has the same effect on you as it did on me.
Story by Andy Stanley
“Sometimes I just want it to stop. Talk of COVID, looting, brutality. I lose my way. I become convinced that this “new normal” is really life. then I meet an 87-year-old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, Vietnam protests and yet is still enchanted with life. He seemed surprised when I said that 2020 must be especially challenging for him.
“No,” he said slowly, looking me straight in the eyes. “I learned a long time ago to not see the world through the printed headlines, I see the world through the people that surround me. I see the world with the realization that we love big. Therefore, I just choose to write my own headlines:
“Husband loves wife today.” “Family drops everything to come to Grandma’s bedside.” He patted my hand. “Old man makes new friend.”
His words collide with my worries, freeing them from the tether I had been holding tight. They float away. I am left with a renewed spirit and a new way to write my own headlines.”
We birth our reality day by day, moment by moment.
It’s often the simple things that we cherish most.
What we focus on determines how we experience the world.
I was inspired to write my own headlines today:
Lovely Chorus of Birds Accompany Woman on Her Bike Ride
Ant Found in Kitchen Gets Carried Outside to Enjoy Nature
A Flower’s Beautiful Geometry and Brilliant Color Stops Woman in her Tracks
What are your headlines today? We would love to read them!
Photo (top) @social_luniac