This statement is true every year, every day, and every minute – as our world and the lives of everyone are in a state of continual and fatal risk.
Whether the monsters we fear are under the bed, under erupting lava in Hawaii, in the war-torn portions of Ukraine or the crypto-currency carnage that proves there is a sucker born every minute, and there is still evil everywhere …
Our media fills our brains; our social media feeds our funny bone and gag-reflex daily; Danielle Smith grinds out sappy novels; Danielle Steel develops sound government policies, or is that the other way ’round?
Our tongue-in-cheek view is not universal; on any given day, the world is either a positive or negative place; the facts don’t change, but minds do, or the outcomes vary, but hearts don’t.
I wondered then, as I do now, what we count on and what we can fear.
This is never a ‘predict the entire year’ exercise.
It is a predict today exercise.
Simply, it is by what we think about.
If we think about our happiness, we’ll be happy.
If we think about how much happier everyone else is, it’s easy to make ourselves unhappy.
Whether we are anxious children waiting out the next two weeks of anxiety before the wrapping paper is torn off gifts, or whether we are waiting for three weeks so we can change calendars – the waiting is the same, we hope to unwrap a fantastic year and to put this current one out to pasture, just like we did last year.
So, whether or not you are better off than you were a year ago, what is the single factor that affects your disposition today? Is it something else somewhere else done by someone else, or is it how you choose to feel about those things?
We can fret and reinvent ourselves or our view of each other, but to make the world a happy place, we need to start in the only place we have any control over – working with who we are and where we are. Don’t worry, be happy!