Many of us have a longing inside our hearts to make a positive impact into the world, but because of our instant access to news, this longing often gets covered up with helplessness. Within minutes of logging onto the internet, turning on the television or tuning into the radio, we are made keenly aware of the tragic and sad events that are constantly happening around us. These tragic and sad events happen so often that many of us have now grown numb to the news and unless the event is something major or directly life threatening we often times pass over it very quickly. We don’t believe we can do much about it, so we move on in helplessness.
Although the world is often a dark place, there are still a few of us who aren’t willing to give up and who aren’t willing to believe that “all is lost”. Those that still have a calling in their heart and a willingness to try to shed some light into this dark world. As much as there are many, many people out there that believe all is lost, we don’t have to believe what they believe.
Its amazing how our way of thinking can influence our surroundings. How many times have we seen a bad temper flare up and spoil an otherwise great party? Contrarily, doesn’t the giggle of a child make the whole room smile? Understanding this power, why don’t we shed the power of joy and hope and see how it may spread? Its easy to buy into the popular, mostly negative, thought patterns and run them forward. It takes a little more courage and inner strength to smile and share an encouraging word instead.
Do you know that you can change the way you think and what you think about? Of course you knew that. Do you know that if you are one of those that have a “half empty” mindset, that if you practiced your mind to look at things from a “half full” perspective, that over time you will train your mind to see things “half full” instead of “half empty”? (“Switch on your Brain”) The worlds media saturates your mind and makes you believe that there isn’t much good in it. However, if you shut down the media, and started listening and looking for the good in the world, you WILL find it. You will hear the sounds of joy and laughter, you will see the natural beauty and bright colors of nature, you will sense the hope, and as you train yourself to do this you start believing in goodness which will drown out the darkness.
Darkness cannot overcome light. It can dominate, but it can’t over come even the smallest spark. I believe that all of us have impact, its just a matter of how we use it. We can be dark like the rest of the world, and have minimal impact because we blend in. Or, we can choose to start believing in and reflecting hope and shedding light, which causes others to share more light too, and eventually all of this light will cause the darkness to be overcome.
Helplessness can be overcome with hope. Hope reflects patience, joy, gentleness, kindness, peace and ultimately love. The light of love CAN overcome the darkness of the world. So, put on your boxing glove and punch some hope into this world and make an impact!