I don't have to remind you that the midterm election is just a few weeks away. If my mailbox and many of the ads on certain streaming outlets are anything like yours, it is impossible to avoid the shouting and posturing and claims of disaster just ahead.
To give us all a little breathing room, and to prepare us for what lies ahead, today's post is a simple exercise in "Yes, You Can." Yes, you can make a few changes in how you react to your environment that will give you a more positive mindset, and maybe help someone else who needs a simple boost.
From a source I don't remember, this is what I will call an encouragement to-do list. There is nothing here particularly novel, difficult, or too far out of your comfort zone. But, for at least a few days, let's focus on something other than the supposed end of the world after November 8th.
None of us is expected to accomplish everything on this encouragement list, Sainthood isn't the goal. Rather, by picking just two or three tasks you feel you can handle, your focus will be on helping others, with simple acts of encouragement or civility, instead of the rancor and heat of the moment.
Hold back your critical comments
Say "Thank You"
Search for ways to get along with others
Support those who are having problems by loving them
Think of a situation that tries your patience - plan how to react beforehand
Make a list of your gifts...then cherish them
Avoid situations where you will be drawn into the temptation to overreact
Encourage those who are timid and afraid