Saturday, 31 October 2015

Remember the GOOD stuff in the world!

There is so much going on in the world today. From political issues to world hunger, from cancers to illnesses, from human rights to tragedies, from income disparities to unexpected losses...

It can get quite depressing, to be honest. I mean, when was the last time you heart some GOOD news on the TV or radio? There is not much to go around, it seems.

One thing that I wanted to highlight, however, is that there is a lot of good going on in the world today. There are neighbours who help their friends pay their debts when they cannot afford it. There are random strangers who pay for the coffee for the person ahead of them in drive-through. There are happy stories where a lost child is once again found. There are cases of human rights prevailing, of cancers being cured, of countries supporting others, of people going into rehab and feeling better, and so forth.

But we don't hear about them often...and remember that the news picks and chooses what news they actually tell us. For example, turn on the TV news. You will hear tragedy after tragedy, problem after problem. Maybe one good story...but not much more than that. Don't be a passive consumer or viewer - know that this is not the only news in the world. The media chooses what - and HOW - they portray things to us.

Get the whole story. Do not settle for what the TV or radio tells you. Because this can be biased, despite all the work done to make is 'standard' as possible. For example, a story on the news might tell you that a new study found that 90% of flu-shots are not effective.

But really...where did this come from? One study? One study IS NOT enough to support not taking a flu shot. One study presented on the news is not enough research or evidence to combat all the issues one might acquire if you DO NOT take the shot and end up getting the flu. One story about someone who had complications from the flu shot does NOT mean that everyone will. (Note: I am using the flu shot as an example. There are many, many more!).

So, remember not to be a passive consumer of the news - both in terms of negative things portrayed (ex. tragedies, accidents, and so on) and 'evidence' or 'research studies'. Be an ACTIVE consumer and individual.

And remember the good things that happen daily, the things NOT included in the news. Remember how kind people can be to one another. Remember that miracles happen everyday, that people get cured from their illnesses, and that genuine kindness and love exist in the world today. This will make you feel a lot better about life in general, and learning to be positive is just one way to do this!

P.S. Try to find the not-so hidden message in the picture below (HINT: It says more than 'Believe there is good in the world'!)

Monday, 12 October 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is Thanksgiving in Canada today!

While we really should be thankful each and everyday of our lives, today is a special day to take some time to actually THINK about what you are thankful for.

A lot of times in our lives (let's be honest...), we become caught up in our worries and struggles that we fail to realize how much we have to be thankful for. We truly are blessed in so many ways...but it is hard to remember when we are frustrated or experiencing troubles.

Please take some time today to relax and be thankful! When I think about how many blessings I have, it makes me happy. As I thought today of simple things, I realized that I am simply thankful for even the sunshine outside - it lightens up my day. Or to have a house to sleep in at night, to protect me from the rain or cold. Or to have enough food and water - which many people lack. To have family and friends who truly care about me and are there to support me. To be able to study what I love best and to feel that I can use this to help others.

There is A LOT to be thankful for! I hope this Thanksgiving (and everyday!) brings you all hope, love, comfort, and peace. Thank you so much to all my readers and supporters - I am definitely thankful for how far I have come, for all your support and love, and for always showing me how far I have come. Thank you, Lord, for your many blessings and for your guidance.

Happy Thanksgiving!