It’s easy to get caught up in all of the drama of the disasters and bad news in the world. And the media delight in sharing the worst of the news with us. Social media also drives us into a mass hysteria or mass sympathy.
So this week was again filled with bad news and disasters, one after the other, and it is really easy to get depressed by it all.
If it did not affect you directly, it is not your story.
You have your own story.
Do what you can to avoid getting pulled down by what you hear about or read about. You have no power over those things.
If those incidences like the fires and the floods and the deaths that happened this week have affected you directly, I am really sorry that you have had to go through that.
If it didn’t affect you directly then what can you do?
Firstly – count your blessings. Take a moment to give thanks for being safe, for having your family with you. Be grateful for the roof over your head, a home to go to (no matter how small or inadequate it may be), a warm cup of tea and a cosy blanket.
Secondly – if you feel that you need to help those affected by disasters, don’t spend time on social media using hash tags. Rather find out where help is needed and what you can do for them. Donate a blanket or some food, volunteer at an organisation that is giving support.
Thirdly – celebrate life. Celebrate the times when you are healthy. Celebrate the little things – things as small as sleeping through the night, eating an enjoyable meal, doing something that gives you pleasure. If there is one thing that we can learn from all of this bad news, it is that life is short. Don’t wait for one day. Don’t wait for the big events to celebrate.
Take pleasure in what you have.
What you have is wonderful.