It seems like this past week all I have heard around me is negativity, bitterness and anger. And yes, some of this is for good reason with the latest election season, but it seems to be getting out of hand. It seems that this most recent turn of events have set off a fire that has been slowly building over the years. It’s sad, but it’s the reality of life we live in I guess.
So what can we do to not get caught up in the negativity around us? How do we find peace when our friends, family and co-workers are constantly spewing out negativity and resentment around us and on social media? How can we rise above this and be a positive force for change? First it starts with changing yourself. To be the change, you must live it. Be positive, love others and treat everyone as you want to be treated. When someone is in need help them. When someone is feeling down, build them up. Fill others buckets and you will find yourself feeling good about yourself which others will see and want to emulate. Seek out others who are positive and treat others with respect. Rethink those relationships that aren’t positive and fill your life with joy.
The Holiday season is right around the corner and one of my favorite Christmas songs is inspired by a poem called “Christmas Bells” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The song tells of the narrator’s despair, upon hearing Christmas bells, that “hate is strong and mocks the song of peace on earth, good will to men”. The carol concludes with the bells carrying renewed hope for peace among men. This is my hope for everyone this upcoming Holiday season. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Atheist, White, black, male, female, straight or gay, I hope we can all put our differences aside and find that peace we all crave. Hear the bells and be the change you wish to see in the world!
And in despair I bowed my head;
“There is no peace on earth,” I said;
- “For hate is strong,
- And mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
- The Wrong shall fail,
- The Right prevail,
With peace on earth, good-will to men.”