Is it ok just to look on the bright side?

I woke up a few days ago and mistakenly turned on the news. It felt like the world was coming to and end, bombings here, bombings there, a strike in a certain country, innocent people being killed, people being forced out of their lands etc. It felt like a dark cloud has suddenly drifted over earth and we were covered in a blanket of sad news. I felt sorry, I imagined the lives of all of those people and what they were going through, the struggle they have daily, their mindset. It was impossible to know because I have never been in such a situation, at least not to that scale. I just could not understand why it was so bad for them and (mostly) good for me. Well, I decided to look on the bright side and let my life continue.

I am one of those people who believe in having the right kind of energy in order for certain things to happen. I am not talking about the energy you need to move around and do stuff. I mean the energy you feel when you are doing something good, the energy you feel when you are about to make a decision, the type of energy you radiate when you walk into a room full of people, the one which hangs with you all the time and sometimes tells an onlooker what kind of mood you are in. The energy that guides your intuition! This energy field or aura as some people call it plays a big part in my life. If I’m feeling it, I’m doing it! That’s what I go by most of the time.

The news that morning had depleted my energy at the very start of the day but it wasn’t all bad, because with the lack of the right energy you start searching in other places, you go deeper into yourself and sometimes ask yourself the questions you never even knew you had answers to. I was in that state of mind and I started asking myself the question; why is it happening to them and not me? I have been brought up in a way to appreciate the good things that are happening to me. To be thankful for what I have, to not compare or compete with anyone, to just take it all in whatever it is and deal with it. SO many times I have come across or witnessed something bad happening to someone else and have been told to be glad it is not happening to me or if something did happen to me or someone else we tell them to “look on the bright side”. That right there is the problem for me, looking on the bright side. What about the dark side? What about dealing with that sad thing that just happened?  We just bottle up the sad side and lock it away, never really addressing what it means, how to prevent it, how to stop it from happening to other people because it is such a tragedy? We have been taught to only look after ourselves and by doing this the rest of the world suffers. There’s never any real change. I am not saying looking on the bright side is bad, by no means no. It is good, but I think we need to address the dark side too. So you see a hungry person on the street, should your reaction end at “Thank God I have food today”? You witness someone being abused, should you stop at “geez luckily that’s not happening to me”? This list could go on and on. It’s about intervening, trying to find out why that happens in the first place and trying to stop it from happening again. It is a risky road sometimes as you get to challenge people, systems and structures which have been in place for years  and have a lot of power.

I told my colleague when I got to work how I felt and how powerless I felt at the same time not being able to actually make a reasonable change. But he did point out to me that we already do. We do charity work every now and then, we go out and do other things which influence people’s lives and we do not even know it. We do so by being the best version of ourselves everyday, being positive, radiating that positive energy and spirit, checking in on others, offering our help and time for sometimes good causes. I had somehow forgotten about all of this and it was because the things I had seen on the news that morning were happening in places very far from where I was and on a terrible scale that I felt like I had never done anything to help. It’s not that we always ignore the injustices happening in the world, it’s that sometimes we are convinced we cannot change or stop them from happening. But I say we can. After looking on the bright side, take a moment to deal with what you have just witnessed, speak up (really speak up and not a Facebook post or profile picture change), if you see people protesting about something, try to listen and understand why they are doing that before you form an opinion. When you do, if you have the time, join them, help spread their message. Offer your time to do something bigger than you. Or not bigger than you, just make a simple contribution to the human cause. There’s always room for a helping hand, and there are always people who need help. Let’s be the change we want to see in the world. Let’s improve our lives.

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