Resolve is not measured or found in fleeting guilt or dutiful apologies.
“It really boils down to this: that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied into a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. We are made to live together because of the interrelated structure of reality. Did you ever stop to think that you can’t leave for your job in the morning without being dependent on most of the world? You get up in the morning and go to the bathroom and reach over for the sponge, and that’s handed to you by a Pacific islander. You reach for a bar of soap, and that’s given to you at the hands of a Frenchman. And then you go into the kitchen to drink your coffee for the morning, and that’s poured into your cup by a South American. And maybe you want tea: that’s poured into your cup by a Chinese. Or maybe you’re desirous of having cocoa for breakfast, and that’s poured into your cup by a West African. And then you reach over for your toast, and that’s given to you at the hands of an English-speaking farmer, not to mention the baker. And before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Peace on Earth.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This is a great book if you want a deeper level of understanding of Dr. King’s spirit, and his intentions in the Civil Rights Movement.
Create a Healthy Environment:
Surround yourself with people who are positive and/or who love and care for you.
Rid your life of toxic people; people who make you feel bad about yourself, or who make you feel sad often, people who stress you out, people who take but do not give back, etc.
Do what you Love:
Find one thing (at least) that you love doing and are passionate about, and start doing it again regularly; baking, reading, a sport, fishing, playing cards, journaling, dancing, etc.
You don’t have to be good at it, just love doing it and do it often.
Try to find the Humor in things:
Laugh at your mistakes, be silly, watch good old fashioned comedy (try watching I Love Lucy,) and don’t take yourself too seriously.
Do whatever you can to get yourself to smile and hopefully even laugh now and then, so you don’t forget what it feels like.
Talk it Out:
Find someone you can talk to, who is a good listener; a Therapist, a Mentor, a trusted love one, etc.
Meet with them regularly to talk, whether it is professionally or a weekly coffee date.
Impact Someone else’s Life for the Better:
Volunteer at a shelter, teach Sunday school, become a big brother/sister (or something similar, e.g. fostering) to a child or a mentor (officially or unofficially,) rescue an animal, pay it forward, etc.
You’ll be surprised at how much it impacts and helps you as well.
It doesn’t have to be huge, just find something you can do to make a difference.
Hopefully these things will momentarily make you happier,
and over time help you to become a more joy-filled person.
What are some tips and tricks you use to stay positive and joy filled?