Focusing on the Positive

It seems like the past few weeks, there’s been nothing but negativity on the news and throughout the world. Just this weekend there were 3 terrorist attacks: one in Munich, one in Iraq and then another one in small, German town. And just this morning my CNN app alerted me to a shooting in Fort Meyers. And let’s not even go into the negativity that is the Presidential election. What is this world coming to?

Since I live in Germany, these are hitting a little too close for comfort. I wouldn’t say that I feel scared, I would say that I feel on edge. I feel that there isn’t a safe place anymore. People can’t get on train to visit their doctor without fear of a suicide bomb. People can’t go out and have a good time at a nightclub for fear of getting shot. Police officers can’t do their jobs and African Americans in the States don’t trust the police either, and rightfully so. I don’t know how much more I can take.

The craziness of it all is that on Friday, we were over at a friend’s celebrating the birth of their beautiful baby boy and while we’re cooing over him and eating lasagna, we hear the news about the shooting in Munich. The horrific images and thoughts that run through my mind after hearing something like this juxtaposed with the wonderful thoughts of one day having children just makes my stomach ache.

But, I will say that I don’t want to dwell on the negative. I don’t like feeling depressed, even though I spent most of the weekend taking naps on the couch and watching movies, just feeling a little down.

Today I am deciding to focus on the positives. To think about a few of my favorite things, as Julie Andrews would say. To be thankful that I have an amazing husband, the cutest dog and a life that has afforded me so many luxuries, like getting to move abroad.

And I’m choosing to enjoy the little things that make life great. Like burning a vanilla candle while I work. That there are good people out there who risk their lives every single day to protect the innocent. That good wine helps any situation. And Copley snuggles will never get old.

I leave you with this gorgeous picture from the hotel where we stayed on our honeymoon. (We went to Aruba, just in case you’re wondering). If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will.


It really helps me to write my feelings. It helps me realize that there are so many people who are going through much worse and that my life is pretty darn great. I want my little blog to be a place where we can connect, discuss and find the great things in life, even when they are hard to find. Thanks for reading. 

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