Right now, my mind is too full and fragmented to put many of my really intense feelings into words. I know for a fact that many of you reading feel this way as well. The world seems truly overwhelming, and what can we possibly do to cope with it? Better yet, to thrive in it?
I have a personal history of pessimism. But in the most stressful times of my life, or others’ lives, I find myself aching to imagine the good that will come from them. It’s easy to get wrapped up in all of the horrible things happening around us, to feel like nothing will ever get any better, because how could it? We’re in a terrible spot as a nation right now. As a planet, frankly.
What good could possibly come out of Charlottesville, Virginia right now? Well, the outpouring of love and condemnation of blatant hatred is a lovely start. In order to move forward in a healing way, we as people are forced to find the beautiful parts of the worst situations. Of course, some silver linings are more difficult to pin down than others, but right now it’s all I can do to look for them harder than ever.
So, for all of my pessimistic comrades, forced into the world of optimism for the sake of survival, I leave you words from the beloved Carol Rifka Brunt, on the topic of silver linings.
“The sun kept on with its slipping away, and I thought how many small good things in the world might be resting on the shoulders of something terrible.”
Find your small good things. Fight for change in order to better the world we live in. Never miss an opportunity to condemn hatred and express the love you feel in yourself at every turn.
Something short for today, but this one is pretty cut and dry, even for the curmudgeons like myself.
Have lovely weeks. Take the words of Carol Rifka Brunt to heart and find your small good things. Act on them.