Some days and weeks, I feel bombarded by negativity. I get those phone calls from my daughter leading with the words, “Oh no! Something terrible has happened”. Her dorm room has water in it for the third time. My son has two Chapter tests and a paper due tomorrow. Everything is piling up and the world is spinning out of control. Every time I watch the news I just want to hide under my bed and never come out. So how do we shield ourselves from the blows of negativity? How can we let it all bounce off so we don’t get dragged down with all the chaos?
Sometimes it comes down to making a choice to stand strong in the middle of the storm and trust in the knowledge that it will pass. Whatever seems big today, whatever doom and gloom looms over my head, will probably seem much smaller in a couple of days. So chin up, shoulders back, one foot in front of the other is the only plan I have. It’s hard not to be affected by the pain and discord going on around me but like it or not I have to carry my share of the load. Even when it’s hard, stand your ground, stay calm and focus on the good. Find it, seek it out and pay it forward. We can find connection through our struggle. We all carry a cross. Some of us just make it look easier than others.