We live in a tough world. Lots of noise and vitriol. Lots of negativity and meanness floating around--like knives. Sometimes it makes it hard to think straight; sometimes it makes us doubt what we actually know and/or believe. All this noise can interfere with our ability to critically think, or even think at all. It can be depressing and overwhelming. And if there is already a propensity for depression, believe me, this world—and all the stirring-up that happens on a daily basis—does not help. You know what does?
I know it sounds counterintuitive to be grateful when the walls are crashing in. But, trust me, intentionally focusing on the goodness in our lives can lift us—even if it’s just an inch—from the mire of gloom. Do you have friends? Food? Warmth? Eyesight? Ability to walk? Do you have fresh drinking water? Someone to care about? Do you have your health—no? Do you have the ability to improve it? Access to care? Do you have a soft place to hurt? Someone who weeps for you?
There is always something to be thankful for. Find it. Focus on it. It’s better for you than you can imagine, and an excellent way to mind your mind.