Today I came across a beautiful UK newspaper called Positive News. It is full of news about all the good things happening in the world. How great is that!
I cried my way through a number of the articles. They speak of beautiful people doing beautiful things; people who care enough to want to make a difference. I think I cried because there were many difficult years when I held to belief in the beauty in all of us all. Often it was difficult to see it.
What a different world this would be if we read good news more than bad.
It really is quite bizarre how we diligently search out and broadcast the worst news we can find.
Given that we broadcast bad news about the world, perhaps it is not surprising that in our lives we tend to focus on our weakness rather than focus on the good things about ourselves.
The other day I asked someone with the illness ME to tell me four things she likes about herself. She struggled to think of one. Yet she is a lovely lady.
Focus on the positive things about you, the good things about yourself, so that you are heartened and encouraged to grow in love.
The spiritual book, A Course In Miracles is great at emphasising that, if we only have a little willingness to allow God to decide for us, we cannot fail.
“I have perfect faith in you to do all that you would accomplish.
Nothing will be lacking, and you will make complete and not destroy.”
(T-15.XI.10, A Course In Miracles)
We can get brought down by the amount of bad news broadcast on the media.
But think about it. Isn't it positive news that most of the news is bad?!
It won't make the news tonight
...that a priest gets out of bed to pray with a dying person,
...that a vicar sets up a nursery,
... that people of all beliefs and none do voluntary work,
... that people care for their ill relatives and friends
... that people living with chronic illness find a smile for a loved one
...that millions of people go to work and do a great job even though they could get away with doing a bad job
Because these things happen EVERY DAY. That is GOOD NEWS.
Having faith in love does not mean pretending difficult things are not happening. It does mean holding to the belief that there is a loving reality beyond the circumstances.
If someone is living with illness, we can give the help we can give on a physical level whilst holding to something that remains perfect in that person whatever appears to be happening in the body.
For the many years I was living with Severe Myalgic Encephalomyelitis /CFS, the few people who could see me beyond the symptoms of the illness helped me enormously. Even better if they could see the Christ in me.
When I was with them, it was easier to remember the wonderful quote from A Course In Miracles:
“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
(W-rVI, A Course In Miracles)
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