Last night, I sat down to put some thoughts to paper, as more of an effort to eradicate my writer’s block. However, as the computer turned on, the news coming out of Nice, France began to unfold on my television screen and on news related websites I follow in lieu of a newspaper.
With a heavy heart, I closed my laptop, turned off my television, and focused on what I should have been doing anyway – making dinner for my family.
My heart was, and remains, heavy. Whatever topic I had planned to write about seems so trivial, compared to everything that has recently happened, and is continuing to happen, in this country and the world.
As I started contemplating blog posts and topics to write about, I realized my thoughts keep coming back to the tragedies occurring. These are sobering events and times in which we live. I don’t like ruminating on negativity, and usually try to brush aside news that shakes me to the core.
This morning, I realized I am doing myself no favors by avoiding my blog. I am doing myself no favors by watching the news, updating news sites, or reading my FB feed for prayer updates. I am doing myself no favors by dwelling on events that I cannot change.
Instead, I need to focus on the tasks at hand – the events I can change:
~ Feeding and playing with my children;
~ Giving my family hugs, kisses, and showering them with love;
~ Being kind to those I meet;
~ Putting words to paper, or to the computer screen;
~ Staying connected with those whom I have developed close bonds;
~ Praying for our country and our world.
As I thought about my need to focus on positivity, I my thoughts consistently turned to the following quote by Mother Teresa.
While I focus on my family, I hope they will be imparted with the skills, knowledge, opportunity, and faith to make their lives, and the lives of those around them, a little better each day.
So, today, and in the coming days, I will turn off the news.
I will stay away from Facebook.
I will not refresh the news webpages.
Instead, I will pray for our country and the world.
I will pray for the conversion of hearts for those who would do others harm.
I will focus on my family.
I will find joy in the little moments.
I will love my family.