It is very easy to pick out all the things in the world that do not work. Why? Usually because in some way, shape or form, it feeds us. It feeds our egos, it feeds our insecurities, it feeds our angers or frustrations, sometimes our passions and you can bet it's probably feeding someone's bank account too. It's just the same when we have stuff going on in our own lives...except we don't always get paid for that....
How often do we, do I even, sit down and look at what's right in the world?
I do spend a fair amount of time thanking the big guy in the sky for the amazing life I have; the people, places, things; the nourishing things and experiences, the challenging times and the amazing ones, but I don't spend much time thinking about and acknowledging what's good in the bigger picture of the world I belong to.
The saying, "Can't see the forest for the trees" comes to mind. Often we can't see everything in front of us because we are only focused on one singular thing. I am living this today as I return from 25 days in Ireland. I would say there are a number of things contributing to the build up of this, but the bottom line...I am feeling like a 5 year old throwing a tantrum inside because 'I DON'T WANT TO GO HOME!'
There was a time when I felt like this was my inner rebellion of 'running away from home' metaphorically, but I have spent the last 5 years travelling around, whether for work or play and it's the same... And it did, in all fairness, used to be about avoiding home, but I am quite OK with being at home now, but I think there is something else underneath all of that nudging me again.
So I must focus on what is right in the world. Not just my world...the entire world because that viewpoint is the place from which I want to see my life, experience my life and live my life. I am a citizen of this world, not just one (ok two) countries, which happen to have it really good if I might say so. I will sit with a smile and tap into my new found quiet Irish kindness and "'Thank F**k" that there are things going right in the world and they are right there for us to see.