Although I’m mindful about how and when I take in news (I highly recommend not jumping on media first thing in the morning as this can really affect the tone of your day), when I woke up last Wednesday, I felt called to pick up my phone and check in on the day’s headlines. I paused and got really choked up when I read about the police response to a protest in North Carolina.
The police in Fayetteville, NC were face to face with protesters in an intense exchange when they asked the crowds to step back and they took a knee (read more) as a show of understanding and recognition of the pain everyone is experiencing right now. Some protesters and police began crying and others shook hands or hugged.
That morning I found many other stories like this across the country and while things are still really amped up (understandably), it jolted me back into the reminder: “What we focus on grows.”
Our brains are hardwired to focus on the negative (read more). I, like many, have been feeling overwhelmed from all the heaviness in the world and in my life and too often I’ve been spiraling into, “What if?” down, instead of, “What if?” up.
If we are going to wake up, transform and grow from all of these tragedies and unrest, we have to focus on what we DO want … not what we DON’T want. We have to keep seeking out hope and sharing stories filled with acts of courage, inspiration, hope and kindness.
Wherever we put our attention, our energy goes. What have you been focusing on?
This week observe if you’ve succumbed to a negativity bias and with compassion, gently shift your thoughts to what’s working rather than what’s not. Perhaps take 5 minutes first thing in the morning to list these things out loud. We are powerful co-creators. Let’s manifest good.
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