I’m not going to lie. I’m concerned about the state of the planet. Just read news to find out what’s going on. It’s kind of a mess.
Maybe don’t read the news so often. What if I were to spend significantly less time staring at my iPhone? What if I made more physical art than digital art? What would my life be like if I did some writing with a pen on actual paper?
I can’t change the world, but I can change the way I respond to it.
Let’s face it. The world is pretty messed up, and there’s not a lot I can do about it. There’s not a lot, but there is some. I think that people who care about the well-being of other human beings can play a small part in improving things. I believe that my part is to get the message out that we can’t let fear control us. We can’t let others use fear to control us. If I had the moxie and the time, I’d do a Kickstarter to help people deal with the fear that permeates our lives. I’d start an anti-fear non-profit organization. I’d develop an anti-fear or pro-courage app. I’m not that person, though. I’m an idea gal. I’ll use my writing and my art to inspire others to take the kind of action they are good at taking.
It was 3:00 am. I was awake in bed thinking about the state of the world. I shouldn’t do that. These days are looking like the days when I spent a lot of time worrying about all the bad things I was hearing on the news. Now it’s all the bad things I’m seeing on the Internet. This must stop! I must abandon my tendency to worry about stuff I cannot control. It will make me sick.
What can I control? I can control my thoughts. Well, sometimes it seems that I can’t control my thoughts. This is the crux of the problem.
The world does sometimes seem awful, but my little world is not really that bad at all. I live in a safe community. I have money for food, clothing, a car, and a roof over my head. I have a loving husband. I have friends. The list goes on. Why is my focus so often drawn to the negative? I think fear does that. Fear is powerful. It makes us do awful things to others and to ourselves. If there’s one thing I need to abandon it’s fear. There’s the answer! I’ll just get on with abandoning fear.