Still Happy

Oh, what a week it has been. I'm tired of political talk, so I thought I'd try and talk about something else. 

It can be easy to get caught up in all the drama, or the feeling of desperate hopelessness that seems to be clouding the world we live in. I belong to a church that teaches that "men are that they might have joy", and I've found myself pondering this for the last few weeks. 

We are not meant to be miserable. The ultimate goal and purpose is joy. How many times one is told that "life is hard" in a lifetime becomes countless around age seven. Yes - life can be hard. It's not meant to be easy. Anything worthwhile and valuable is not easy, and that's a statement you probably hear just as many times and the previous one. 

Hope is a powerful thing. It motivates and uplifts in limitless ways. If we have hope, and maybe even a good dose of faith if you can muster it, in the future and the belief that misery is not our goal, then life becomes brighter. 

Look up, friends. Do not chain yourself down in this pit of fear and hopelessness. There is still so much good, but you cannot help or contribute to it if you trap yourself in the lie that there is nothing to be done. You cannot hide behind anger or rage. Those things are like a virus that spreads faster than the common cold. 

The way I see it, there are three approaches you can take. The first is to blind yourself from all the ambiguity and uncertainty in the world and pretend like everything is just dandy. This is a good way to stay happy, but also contribute to the problem. 

The second is the opposite approach. To be such a pessimist that you get great pleasure is tearing others down, in popping their bubble, and feeling quite superior due to all your "knowledge". That's not very helpful either. 

Or, you can balance these two things. Don't be blind to what is going on, but don't get too caught up either. Face the fear, the questions, and the uncertainty head on, but with an attitude of faith. 

There is so much to believe in, to have hope in, and to love. 

This might be more sappy and upbeat than a lot of people want to hear, but it's what I've been thinking for the last few days. We are better than this. Better than riots and hate and whining about what we want. I feel as though many I know have simply brought themselves to a level comparable with much less developed countries. What kind of example are we going to be to the world? 

News Media is my field, and it's hard not to walk away every day feeling a little less pleased with humanity. But in the end, look at how much we have managed to overcome. Cry a little, but be stronger than your tears. History has seen its dark times, and somehow we made it through. Learn from their example. There is a lot to fight for.

Endure. Love. Laugh. Don't be afraid to smile, the world needs your light.