Ask Me About What's Right In This World

Ask Me About What's Right In This World

Because there's so much more good than bad

Breaking news headlines are constantly plastered across every single platform of social media. They cover our TV screens, newspapers, magazines, and are even sent as text alerts to our cell phones. It's a wonder people are constantly saying, "What has this world come to?" and "What is wrong with this world?"

Not everyone will believe what I am about to say because of the fact that they have been blinded by all of the headlines buzzing around them. Here's the catch though; the world is in fact a beautiful place with an infinite number of wonderful things happening. This world is our perception of it and what we allow it to be.

You'll tell me horrible things happen every single day, and I'll tell you this is true, but I will also tell you that a higher number of amazing things happen every single day. The disconnect occurs when only light is shed on the slim number of bad events and hard times, and rarely any illuminates the positivity that radiates within the atmosphere of this planet.

You'll tell me the world is more violent than it was in the past, and I'll tell you this isn't exactly true, and this is where the disconnect comes into play. In the past, we did not have the technology that we do. We didn't have the constant access to news from all around the globe, we just knew what we knew. Now, though, we have breaking news about a robbery ringing in our ears while we read an article about a shooting. The world isn't a worse place, we're just more aware of the bad things that do happen.

This is my challenge to humanity. Ask each other what is right in this world. Take time out of your day to focus on everything good that has happened to you and all of the positive interactions you have witnessed. Allow yourself to disconnect from the TV, the social media, the cell phone. Tell yourself that this world is your perception of it and is what you allow it to be. If you believe it to be a beautiful place, and enable others to begin to view it that way too, your perspective will slowly begin to mold into something magnificent.

We are literally surrounded by a gas that allows us to live, thrive, dance, sing, run. Our home is covered in luscious green plants that breathe slowly in and out with us. We have the ability to love, to laugh, to smile, to feel. We can make deep connections with other human beings and animals, ones that give you a sense of being. Rain is dropped down on our very heads so we can continue to breath with the plants and drink to continue to thrive.

Take the time out of your day to notice these things, and realize that there is still so much that is right in this world.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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