Let’s face it // Mondays stink. Or at least we typically expect them to stink. That is why, every Monday, I post seven positives from the previous seven days of the week as a reminder of what I have so that the week starts out on an upswing. There is much truth in the belief that happy people attract good things, so it is important to start the week out right. Sometimes it’s the more grand, but other times, it’s the simple things.
1. Love for Orlando. I’m sitting here reflecting on my week, and I have many things of which to be grateful, but my mind keeps drifting back to the horrific images I’ve seen on the news the past couple of days. They are more than images; it’s all painfully real. I’m fighting being selfish and thinking about the positives in my week, when it seems the world should stop and grieve for its losses. However, more than ever, in times like these, we need reminders of the good in the world. This week, I want to focus on those reminders.
2. I return to this quote (too many times) when I need it. “When you recognize that pain — and response to pain — is a universal thing, it helps explain so many things about others, just as it explains so much about yourself. It teaches you forbearance. It teaches you a moderation in your responses to other people’s behavior. It teaches you a sort of understanding. It essentially tells you what everybody needs. You know what everybody needs? You want to put it in a single word? Everybody needs to be understood. And out of that comes every form of love. If someone truly feels that you understand them, an awful lot of neurotic behavior just disappears — disappears on your part, disappears on their part. So, if you’re talking about what motivates this world to continue existing as a community, you’ve got to talk about love… And my argument is it comes out of your biology because on some level we understand all of this. We put it into religious forms. It’s almost like an excuse to deny our biology. We put it into pith, sententious aphorisms, but it’s really coming out of our deepest physiological nature.” -Sherwin B. Nuland
3. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Acceptance Sonnet. I love this. Watch it here.
4. OneBlood.org. If you are in Orlando, please consider donating blood this week. Yesterday, they were at capacity (the good in people DOES come out in times of tragedy, and it helps to focus on the light). The blood banks will need more donations throughout the week. Visit the link for more details.
5. Places to Cultivate Community and Identity. “The place where they were attacked was more than a nightclub — it was a place of solidarity and empowerment where people have come together to raise awareness, to speak their minds and to advocate for their civil rights.” – President Obama Feeling a sense of community is one of the pillars to happiness, and I am so grateful to live in a country that recognizes that fundamental need and progressively works to cultivate it for all.
6. A Story About Love. I listened to this podcast on one of my 10Ks this week (yeah, I slipped that in there – hoorah!), and I fell in love with this man’s bizarre story. His story is almost unbelievable, but it wasn’t just the strangeness that drew me in, but also the love and compassion in this man’s heart after all the trials he has faced. His story is an incredible reminder that good can triumph in the face of adversity.
7. Dialogue + Action. One of the positives I’ve seen come out of terrible events (we have to find them for ourselves) in the past couple of weeks is that it has got people talking more about important issues. We need to keep talking, but it is also not enough if we don’t also take action. Last week, in social media, I saw a lot of talk about the current rape culture in response to the light sentence the judge gave in the Stanford rape case. In case you missed it, I wrote this post on an irregular posting day, in response. If you have a moment, please also consider signing the petition to impeach Judge Persky for his bias shown in this case. The country also continues to talk about issues of gun control and gun safety in response to mass shootings. Executive actions are outlined here. Visit everytown.org to do more.
I hope to inspire you to reflect on all you have to be grateful & that your week brings you even more positivity + balance + bliss! Feel free to share your seven with me as well / or even just a couple!
Have a wonderful week!