The first step, we are advised in The Daily Word, is to surround ourselves with Positive People. It seems simple and a small thing. But it is true that if you have been surrounded by nabobs of negativity, there will be a definite change in your positivity outlook.
Positivity can be infectious. And it doesn’t have to be of the Pollyanna-ish nature where you simply think happy thoughts and feel that all things will always turn out for the best in this best of all possible worlds. Positive thinking and positive planning are the outward signs of inward grace in most cases.
The blessings we have in our life are not always those that we see in an obvious and material way. If we have been blessed with good friends in life, and have had opportunities to meet wonderful people, then we have something to be thankful for. And we have seen from past weeks that when opportunities are open and we can keep an open mind to the possibilities that exist in our life, we can feel gratitude. Optimism is a gift. Positivity is something we can adopt in our attitude over a period of time and planning. Positivity is an outlook. When we want to be forward thinking in this world, we can begin with positive planning in our life!
Compassion is another gift we can give to others. And it is something to be cultivated and learned at times. Some of us are born with a compassionate nature, but compassion is something that we can adapt and promote each day.
How we react to others can teach us and open a window into our souls. When we practice empathy, it will help to heal divisions and anger that we see around us each day. And when we have compassion for those who seem out of control and are hurting themselves, we can understand and use this as a teaching moment. We can talk with those we love about ways to avoid lashing out and also finding ways to help rather than simply ways to condemn. Compassion can be the ultimate in teachable moments!
Peace in the World
We have often heard of a running cliché about wanting to find “World Peace.” It seems to be this elusive talking point that we have said by rote is a much desired goal, but we know it’s not a real ‘thing.’ But when we have a spiritual base in our hearts and in our souls, then we can aspire to find peace.
Inner peace is the starting point we can use to achieve the elusive goal of finding peace in the outer world. We can, as they say, become part of the solution rather than just being another part of the problem. Each day, when we feed our soul with a positive outlook for facing challenges and problems, when we practice compassion for ourselves as well as others, then we are beginning to see a path for peace in our own time.
The key to all this, of course, is love. Jesus told us this simple truth. He actually whispered the answers to the test in our ear. In past weeks we have talked about opening the door to possibilities. The possibilities include actively working for peace in our lives and in our world. We are called upon to look for a path of salvation for ourselves and for an outer world that cries at times for the simple solutions we have been given. The answer to peace in our time is laid before us. We can choose love each day.
Bible Verse: As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience- Colossians 3:12
Mantra: I will choose to create a positive outlook in my life that will assist me over hurdles and challenges each day. And I will choose to show compassion, for myself and for others in my life each day. And finally, I will work to cultivate the inner peace that we have been striving for in The Growing Group. By feeding my soul with a positive outlook, and showing compassion, I am working towards peace in my life and in my lifetime. Love is the key to unlock the door each day.