This morning I woke up and quickly remembered why I don’t like to look at the news most days. My news alert was filled with heartbreaking and crappy headlines. There are a few things that break me every time I see it. Lately it seems like there are terrible things happening regularly and when it includes animals it destroys a piece of me. I don’t read the stories, the headlines are enough to sadden me. To be honest, they also make me angry. The way that people are inconsiderate of the feelings and pain of other creatures is beyond comprehension for me.
When I see these things it becomes so much harder to understand what the purpose of life on this planet is. It also is hard to keep an open heart, a big heart. My soul is so sensitive and I have chosen to keep it a bit detached from most of the world so that I don’t feel the pain of the bad things so deeply.
As much as I try to find and focus on the all the good, these are the days it is a struggle. The days I am so grateful for the fur babies who always seem to know my heart is heavy and they love on me twice as much. These are the days I look up to the sky even more and dream of a world in the clouds. A world with talking animals where humans are friends with the animals. These are the days I find the things on YouTube that make me smile and laugh (thank you David Tennant videos!).
I know a few people who struggle with these things as well and I imagine quite a few more do. For anyone reading this who also finds the sadness of these things weighs heavy on them, what do you do to find the joy again? Please feel free to comment your thoughts.
For all that is wrong with the world I know there is so much that is right. There is a 55 lb. walking, barking, tail wagging reminder of that in my life every morning and every night. There is a cat who is always purring. There are a few friends who send cards and texts that brighten the day. There is someone who does what he can to bring a smile to my face when I am down. There is my mom who always reminds me that it is just as easy to look for the good as it is to find the bad. There are some funny ass podcasts to listen to.
If you have made it this far, I apologize for the less than cheery post today. However, life is not always positive and I want to keep this blog genuine. As I look at the picture of my Mellie while I type this I do find the bleh of the world slipping away as a smile begins to form. I am reminded that the choice to let the world weigh me down belongs to me and I refuse to let all the crap win.
My hope is that each of us continue to find the good to overcome the bad and that we all do what we can to create more good around our little part of the world.