Looking around America today one could easily believe that the end of life, as we know it, is at hand.
Hackers, scams, corruption, addiction, abuse, bullying, and fake news have become daily insults to our sensibilities.
And that’s just in Washington, D.C.
The rest of the country particularly the fly-over region, although more stable, still has its issues and challenges.
Crime, shootings, drought, floods, tornadoes, snow and ice storms.
The Packers lost the NFL championship game-again.
We’ve seen worse, much worse.
Our parents and grandparents lived through “The War to End All Wars,” with its meat grinder of trench warfare and mustard gas.
Then came The Great Depression when 13-15 million Americans, almost 1/5 of the entire population, were unemployed, hungry or homeless.
Followed by yet another World War that claimed as many as 60 million lives worldwide.
That figure doesn’t include the nearly 6 million Jews, men, women and children that were systematically exterminated by Nazi Germany. Places like Dachau, Auschwitz-Birkenau, were part and parcel of Hitler’s “Final Solution.”
Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iraq again, yet and Syria. This latest incursion has been going on for 14 years, with no end in sight.
Even before the 20th Century our nation endured a great Civil War that threatened to destroy the Union. Casualties on both side came to over 1 million, yet the nation survived and prospered.
Freedom, became a right for everyone. It took another hundred years but exercising those “Civil Rights” eventually became the law of the land.
Now minorities and women hold office in both state and federal government.
If you haven’t forgotten, an African-American, was elected President-twice.
Over the last year and a half (just check Facebook) a divisive, contested Presidential Election took place amid charges of sexual abuse, voter fraud, and the release of top secret e-mails.
Racial strife and distrust is at a level not seen in decades. Police and Blacks are at war in many of our cities.
And yet, millions of Americans woke up this morning, went to jobs and school, took care of their families and kept on living their lives.
They fell in love, had babies and talked to their neighbors.
We made it through a week without football.
10 Ways to stay focused on the brighter side of life.
1) Yesterday 153 thousand people in the world died. Be thankful you weren’t one of them.
2) Everyday in America people we know and love are diagnosed with a terminal illness or become victims of a tragedy. Again, if that’s not you, move ahead two spaces.
3) If you are able, physically and mentally to care for yourself, find work that puts food on the table and provides for a roof over your head, be thankful. A half million people in the US are homeless.
4) If you have a family, parents who are together, siblings that care for one another, consider yourself lucky. Many don’t.
5) There are things beyond our control and understanding. Regardless of our education, position or wealth, we don’t have all the answers. Sometimes the only answer is, “I don’t know.”
6) Every 24 hours we have the opportunity to make someone else’s day a little better. Tell a bad joke, appreciate a sunset, make faces at a baby.
7) Realize that everyday won’t be perfect. Things will go wrong. Tomorrow is another opportunity to do better.
8) Humor helps. Laugh often, at yourself. Why just the other day I admitted to being wrong about something. My wife hasn’t been the same since.
9) Don’t be afraid to ask for help, from family, friends, professionals. No one can go it alone. Have at least one person to trust, confide in, to laugh or cry with.
10) God is real. Have faith.