Weekly Words of Wisdom: J is for JUDICIOUS – Mmhm. Judicious – an adjective defined as “done with good judgment or sense.”

There’s a quote by Helen Keller that goes like this: “The world is full of suffering – it is also full of overcoming.”

Sometimes we can get bogged down by the heaviness in this world. If we choose to focus on what’s wrong, we’ll continue to see more suffering. The good news is that when we choose to focus on overcoming – what’s going right – we’ll see more of THAT.

So how do we do that? How – in this world we live in – do we avoid becoming cynical and jaded by news of violence and disaster? Well, I have a few ideas for you…

Turn the channel. ~ This is a big one for me. As an empath, it’s difficult for me to separate myself from current reality vs. explosions and violence toward people acting the part. Avoid viewing violence.

Be selective, and surround yourself with uplifting souls. ~ Now, I’m not suggesting you become a fair-weather-friend, I’m just saying that it’s ok to distance yourself from relationships that feel draining instead of energizing. Also, BE the uplifting friend!

Stop watching the news and/or reading the newspaper. ~ Suffering sells, and the messages streaming through the news media are typically slanted in a way that makes them money. They want viewers and readers, so they report what they think will draw you in – dirty laundry. CHOOSE to not participate.

Do good on purpose. ~ Look for ways where you can be of simple service. Hold the door open for someone, help someone reach the top shelf at the grocery store, make eye contact and smile at someone who looks like they need it. Let someone know they aren’t alone in this world, and help them believe in OVERCOMING their own suffering.

Practice, practice, practice seeing the good in this world. Be JUDICIOUS with your time, attention and focus.

Because the world is full of overcoming.

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