Between the emails advertising Venapro, the “best cream for hemorrhoids” on the market that isn’t even a cream, and the headlines shouting to improve my sexual performance, there’s occasionally a glimmer of hope tucked in there somewhere. A quick message of encouragement, a letter from a friend, a thank you for sharing stories of their loved ones – and how easily these can get thrown out with the trash. I have to take my time to comb carefully through each Subject line to make sure I’m not throwing out the good with the junk.
As I was practicing this little exercise in diligence the other day, it struck me how much like life this is. There are often little nuggets of truth and goodness tucked in an otherwise uneventful or even drudgery filled day. If we don’t take the time to observe life around us, to be fully present – we’re going to miss these little gifts tucked in each day.
It may be tempting to declare email bankruptcy, but in doing so, you can miss out on those emails that brighten your day. In the same way, it might be tempting to block out the rest of the world and just be determined that there isn’t anything good happening, but why miss the sunshine when you don’t have to?
The sun shines every day, regardless if it’s cloudy or rainy or we choose to ignore it. It’s faithfully doing its job to provide warmth and encourage growth. In the same way, this world is full of goodness. There are still good people, doing good things, for the good of humanity. While it may not be obvious at first glance, if we take the time to notice and focus on the positive, not only will you be a happier person, but you will begin to see the hope blossoming all around you.
While I may not be interested in a homeopathic supplement to provide me relief from hemorrhoids, I am so grateful for these kinds of emails from Venapro and others that forced me to open my eyes and embrace the good in each day.
And better yet- if you can’t see the good around you – BE the good. Make the change. Start the first step in that direction, and watch as hope shoots forth and continues to grow. Be the world changer you know you are, and stop being stuck in a pit of hopelessness. Ignite the spark that others around you will thank you for.
Go and be hope!