A few years ago my dad gave me a book called The Noticer. It tells the story of several individuals and the trials and struggles they are facing. While the characters seem like they have it together on the outside, that is not the case. They are all facing serious problems-- marriages teetering on the brink of divorce, young adults giving up on life, business people on the verge of bankruptcy. And they all feel hopeless, alone, and ready to give up until Jones comes along. Jones helps them realize that everything is not always as bad as it seems. He helps each individual characters notice the world around them. Instead of focusing on their lives and their problems, he encourages them to focus on others.
"Sometimes all you lack is a little perspective."
I encourage you all to step back and look at your life-- are you focused primarily on yourself and your problems? Is there anything going on around you that you could be a positive influence on? Take the time to slow down and notice life around you. We all have it so much better than we realize. When you feel that negativity building up inside you take control and fight back.
I've made a conscious effort to be a Noticer these past few weeks and it's made all the difference.