Over the past week or so, I’ve heard a lot of horrible news about people I know and love suffering losses and hearing bad news. It can be easy to get swept up in the torrent of difficult times people are going through, wondering when the barrage of negativity is going to end.
Focusing on the sad situations people find themselves in, however, won’t change the place they’re in. Bad news is a fact of life. But so is the fact that everything is cyclical and sometimes it’s a case of finding the positive in a situation to get you (and your friends/family) through it.
Everyone has heard the phrase ‘Look on the bright side’. If only it was that simple. Just hearing those words can even make you feel less inclined to do just that. If it’s your own choice to actively seek out some light in the darkest times though, it’s more likely to stick and help you spread that light to others.
One thing many people say when they hear about health problems, or worse, deaths in the family or among friends, is that it gives you perspective. We’ve all probably said it at one time or another that ‘Life’s too short’ and you just have to ‘Live for the moment, before it’s too late’. But how many of us utter these sentiments then after the initial shock has passed and time has started to heal, slip back into the same routine as before?
Instead of spending time wishing and regretting decisions or lack of action taken, let bad news motivate you. Don’t let the next lot of bad news give you reason to wish you’d done something or spent more time with someone. Don’t let time be wasted. And don’t waste more time dwelling on the past.
Take action. Get out there and do the things you’ve always wanted to. Spend time with the people you love. Share memories. Take photos. Talk. Listen. Reminisce.
But most of all…