Shootings in Dallas, in Orlando, in Charleston, in Istanbul.
They’re all horrifying and upsetting, of course. The randomness, the unfairness, the sheer insanity of it all.
And what we tend to do in these situations is fall deep into a spiral. We watch the news, we talk about it, we discuss the horror.
That’s all completely understandable.
But on the whole, it makes us feel bad.
It’s almost as if we’re reliving the awfulness each time we turn on the news or jump onto Facebook.
When this happens, we’re at another of those forks in the road.
Instead, let’s ask: What can I do, right now, that would make me feel a little bit better?
And the answer is likely not to indulge in the sorrow.
I’d like to suggest to you instead that you ask this question next: What do I want instead? What do I want the world to be like?
The answer might be the exact opposite of that horrible event.
It might be filled with harmony, with peace and with love. Because that’s what we all want, in the end, isn’t it?
When we do that, we immediately change our internal conversation from one of sorrow to one of joy.
We transform our energy from gloom to excitement.
And we make one small step, not just to making ourselves feel better, but to making the world feel better.
After all, if our next move is to go outside or to hop onto Facebook with that feeling, we can’t help replace a little of that fear with an equal measure of love.