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Let’s Focus On What We Can Control

It sure looks and feels like the world is spinning out of control. We’re justemerging from a devastating global pandemic. The U.S. is experiencing one of the deepest political divides in our history. And now a senseless war for power in the Ukraine. This gives rise to a sense of uncertainty, stock market volatility, higher gas prices and more. As individuals with no control over those things I’ve just mentioned, we can only turn to the few things within our personal control.

It’s time to focus even more clearly on the things that are near and dear to us: Our faith, family, friends and loved ones; our work; our personal financial and health goals. It’s time to count our blessings and to make sure we are at peace within our own hearts and minds.

When we stay focused on our lives and communities, we can spread love and joy and peace. We do what we can to help those in need. This is no time to complain. Complaining doesn’t help, it only cultivates negative energy. The world at large and at home needs more love, more peace, more understanding.

It’s time to look at our individual behavior and ask, “Where am I grabbing and greedy for power that does not belong to me?” “Am I behaving irrationally in my workplace or in my family?” “Is there something I can learn from the turmoil that is going on in the world?”

This is the time to invest in our strengths. To shore up our positive, loving spirit. To literally invest in things that are adding positively to life and to the future for our children. I hope you’ll join me in focusing on the positive things you do want to see in the world instead of complaining and cultivating the things you don’t want to see. Our thoughts and behaviors are the only things within our control. I pray that you join me in saying, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.”

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