July 26, 2012

What's Right with the World?


I have just watched a documentary film by Tom Shadyac, a well-known director best known for Jim Carey’s Ace Ventura, I Am (to watch the documentary click here) and am inspired to write this post.

I remember having a short discussion with my husband about the way I see the world. Well, we certainly have different way of thinking and different way to react to circumstances happened in our lives. My husband sees himself as a realist – he reacts based on the world he sees; the real world. Meanwhile, I am both a dreamer and a believer. I tend not to see the world as it is because I always try to see the world in a good way.

My husband disagrees with the way I see the world. He thinks it’s useless and makes us live in dreams. He believes it will bring us nowhere. I told him last night that I prefer seeing everything in a good way and trying to find at least one good thing in everything to just thinking negatively about what happens. For me, being positive makes me feel great because I don’t have to worry about anything. Also, I believe it feels amazing when I can find the good things in everything – something like finding blessings in disguise - because I know for sure that there is always something to be grateful for.

When I asked my husband what good things he had in life, he said “You.” I said, “Okay… Any other?” It cost him a lot to think about it, so I helped him mentioning good things in life. My questions went like these:

Me      : Do you eat three times a day?
Him    : Yes.
Me      : Do you eat delicious food? Well-eaten food?
Him    : Yes.
Me      : Do you have a job?
Him    : Yes, but I don’t like it.
Me      : But at least you have a job. Many are struggled to find one. You see, there are lots of good things in your life! You have a home, a comfortable bed to sleep every night, clothes, shoes… You have everything you need and you are alive. There are probably millions of people out there struggling to live and you have the chance to live. So, instead of thinking and complaining for what you don’t have, you should be grateful and appreciate what you’ve already had.

Back to the title; what’s right with the world? Most people tend to ask this question instead, “What’s wrong with the world?” and they begin to mention bad things about the world, say politics, poverty, hunger, crime, and such, and such, and such. They forget to see that the world has great things for us, too. We have food to eat, water to drink, clothes to wear, and we even have the air to breathe, for free!

Thus, let’s learn to see the good things in everything and be grateful for them. There’s always, ALWAYS something to be grateful for, no matter how small it is. Let’s learn to ask, “What’s right with …?” instead of “What’s wrong with …?” because celebrating what’s right with the world – or something – not only gives us possibility, but it also gives us energy. By celebrating what’s right, we get the energy to fix what’s wrong.

"Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little. And if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick. And if we got sick, at least we didn’t die. So, let us all be thankful." (Buddha)
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