With all that’s been happening in the world lately, it’s not unreasonable that many people are viewing the world as a dark and dangerous place.
The pain, anguish and laments are literally like the “shot heard round the world.”
And although our collective heart can break when we learn of events that are unjust, heinous and unimaginable, it’s important to realize that we are the ones holding the filter through which we see our world.
If I always wear blue lenses, and you always wear green lenses, I will believe the world is blue, and you will believe the world is green.
And if we switch lenses…then what?
And what if we remove the lenses entirely?
It is tempting to believe that the world is a dark and dangerous place when dark and dangerous things happen.
If that is happening for you right now, please stop.
Change the filter. Change the lens.
Nothing can be gained from allowing random, senseless acts to become the lens through which you view the world.
Today, allow whatever is troubling you to wash over and through you, and let it go.
You might resist.
You might say you “can’t”.
The one thing you are 100% in control of is your thoughts.
You choose your thoughts, every single day…every single moment.
Choosing thoughts that cause you pain and hold you back are like repeatedly ripping the scab off a wound, never allowing healing to take place.
Choosing thoughts that permit a glance at the pain but a focus on the moment’s possibilities will allow you to change the lens to move forward.
Pain, challenge, difficulty and injustice are part of life. But holding onto those things, and believing that they are what the world is all about creates a world of self-imposed imprisonment.
What lens do you choose to view the world?