It seems like every time I open my phone I get a news alert of another shooting, terrorist attack, or some other incredibly tragic world event. Let’s be honest, the world today can be a pretty frightening, unpredictable place to live and that can take a toll on us – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Unfortunately, these are the realities we are currently faced with: civil unrest, terrorism, violence, economic problems, environmental crises, human rights violations, public health issues….the list could go on and on. The only way I can think to counter the constant inundation of less-than-stellar news is by staying inspired.
Personally, I am incredibly inspired by stories of human courage, compassion, and selflessness, so I actively try to search them out. Some really great news resources that highlight more positive stories include:
I am also hugely inspired by music with a message. Artists like Demi Lovato, Rachel Platten, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, and Christina Perri all sing songs of positivity, of overcoming struggle, of being courageous in the face of fear. We all need to hear those messages from time to time.
Surrounding yourself with people who lift you up, people who try to see the good in the world like you do is also really important. I have been lucky enough to connect with several truly amazing friends who deal with similar health conditions. They inspire me to no end. The depths of their compassion, their perseverance, and the way they are able to appreciate goodness in the world despite being dealt a difficult hand gives me so much hope. They inspire me to be more, to be better.
What helps you stay inspired in this crazy world?