IF YOU'RE ANYTHING LIKE ME, THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD MIGHT SEEM LIKE IT'S RESTING ON YOUR SHOULDERS RIGHT NOW.
From the recent attacks in Brussels that claimed the lives of over 30 people, to the horrific bombing in Turkey that killed 34 and wounded 125 more, to the ongoing plight of Syrian refugees, it seems that everywhere you look is shrouded in disaster.
I consume media that tells me everything that is wrong with the world - without even trying. Everytime we focus our words and energy on the negitives, we lose a moment when we could have praised something that is going right. I don't mean that we should ignore bad things and hope they go away - quite the opposite. I want us to actively reframe our thoughts and words to focus on what people are doing to help.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
LET'S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME GREAT THINGS PEOPLE AROUND THE GLOBE ARE DOING.
1. We'll start off strong with everyone's favorite Oscar winner, LEO.
Seychelles is an island country that is technically mostly ocean. Last week, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation along with a few other organizations just gave $5million to the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust, effectively creating a giant marine conservatory.
2. Following up with every basic (myself included) girl's favorite coffee shop, STARBUCKS.
Adrienne wrote about it last week (and once before), and it stands to be mentioned again that food waste is at ridiculously high levels. But Starbucks wants to play a role in changing that by donating ALL of their unsold food to charity. They are partnering with Feeding America and are projected to provide 5 million meals this year alone.
3. Don't forget the efforts of entrepreneurs in Africa who are working to improve lives in their communities, featured on UNDER THE TREE.
Photographer and graphic designer Ryan LeClyuse is partnering with non-profit Mama Hope to update the world's perception on Africans through a project called Under the Tree. They have created a 3-part video series and website that document stories of amazing grassroots efforts being made in different villages to combat a number of issues - including medical care, education, job availability, and women's empowerment. (P.S. it's REALLY cool, check it out)
THERE ARE GOOD THINGS HAPPENING OUT THERE.
Start looking for them. Start creating them. Start changing the status quo. If you want to help and do even a small bit of good here and there, check out our 30 Rockin' Ways to Get Engaged post for some ideas.
No individual takes lightly the reality of great pain faced daily by those in conflicts of war and acts of merciless terrorism. The existence of good does not negate it or lessen that pain, nor should it be expected to. But the good is there. We do not share positivity to mask negativity, but dutifully to show that, yes, in reality, goodwill is also around us. Fight to make it known. As always, do as much as you can for victims of all kinds - especially those of senseless violence - and as you do, take a minute also to share some positivity each day. It's out there.