I have a few questions for you...
I am asking you these questions because I have a quick story I want to share with you...
Many years ago (the early 90’s to be exact) I lived in Tokyo and at the time there was no such thing as the internet, and there were no English TV shows or English newspapers. During the first few months of living in Japan I didn’t think too much of the fact that I had no access to the “outside” world, but it hit me hard when I went home to Vancouver (Canada) for a visit. When I returned home I remember thinking that Vancouver must be one of the most dangerous cities in the world… Why? Because I now had access to the news on TV as well as newspapers and I felt bombarded with all the negative news stories.
My point? Vancouver was not and is not one of the most dangerous cities in the world, but that is how I perceived it at the time because of my exposure to the news.
Someone recently said to me that she thought that the world had gone to hell in a handbag and when I asked her why she thought this, she rattled off a variety of topics circling the various news channels. My response to her was…. has the world really gone to hell in a handbag, or is it that we have much more access to information, and specifically more negative information than we are used to?
I don’t think there is any way to actually quantify and answer this question, but what I do think is that if we focus on the positivity and beauty that is everywhere around us, our own internal world will become a happier, nicer place to live.
I am not suggesting we bury our heads in the sand and pretend that the worlds challenges don’t exist, but what I am suggesting, is that we ask ourselves the question:
How is what I am focusing my energy on, serving me and making me a happier person?
I believe there is beauty and positivity everywhere, we just need to adjust our eyes and look for it.
Want to see a quick 2 minute video on the power of kindness? Watch the below: