If you consume news at a higher than average rate, staying upbeat and positive in this messy and chaotic world can be a daunting task to say the least.
Our country is in the middle of one of the nastiest political battles we have ever endured. The Clinton/Trump war is brutal. Don’t you sometimes wish they would remember young eyes and ears are watching and learning?!!
Next is the terrible news about violence in the streets. San Antonio and the nation are suffering through one of deadliest summers on record, and officials say there is no rhyme or reason for it.
Then there’s Isis and the fear of the unknown – the constant threat that has become our “new normal.”
I could go on, but the point of this post is not to perpetuate the problem. Instead I would like to share with you a couple of ways I unplug, clear my noggin, and stay upbeat in the middle of the mess.
First is being thankful.
Traffic was light as I rode to work (one of the perks of working oddball hours) so I took a brief moment to look up at the beautiful night sky. Stars, stars, and more stars. Endless stars.
I was immediately thankful to God. He has blessed Nancy and me with good health, close family, and wonderful friends.
He has blessed me with a job I LOVE, and her with a successful business in the travel industry.
I am thankful for you. You see, I never take it for granted that it is a privilege for me to do what I do every morning. I am blessed beyond words that many of you allow me to share time with you as you start your day.
As I continued to count my blessings, I softly said, “Thank you, God.”
Guess what I wasn’t thinking about. You got it, Clinton, Trump, Isis, and my insanely busy work schedule never once crossed my mind.
Being thankful to God really works as a reminder that there’s a bigger plan, and everything is going be alright.
Second, I stepped away from radio, television, and social media to spend the day with Nancy and our two grand-daughters on a shopping adventure. It’s back to school time, so we went hunting for notebooks, paper, glue, etc.
There were plenty of smiles as the girls checked their lists and rushed around to find the required items. I laughed out loud when AB shrieked with joy because she found the last “Finding Dory” composition book.
Life has taught me to never take those moments for granted, and to never, ever rush through them. If you listen to my show you have probably heard me say the only thing that is certain in life is life is uncertain. I have learned to savor and soak in every minute our family has together.
As I put my arm around Nancy we leaned into each other and watched the girl’s shopping adventure, and the messy, crazy, nutty world wasn’t even on my radar.
Life is good. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.