© 2016 Kebba Buckley Button, M.S., O.M. World Rights Reserved.
Almost 5 years ago, I wrote a column called, “Joy in the Storm”. I argued that, no matter what is going on around you, it is crucial not to give in to a bad attitude or to give up your positive vision. At the time, a lot of people in the US were depressed and anxious. I wrote, “As a nation, we are again at a crux. Gas prices are fairly high, the stock market has hit record lows, foreclosures are still on the rise, and more jobs are being cut. Hurricanes crippled some areas of our country. Our national leaders are arguing over more bailouts for the financial and automotive industries. They still debate what to do next with spending to fight terrorism. Many are tense and worried, about their own income and investments, as well as about the state of the country. Many are in outright fear. In a sense, we are in an emotional storm system.”
Does all that sound familiar? Yet we survived. We restructured the mortgage industry and much of Wall Street. We drilled for oil within the US and brought gasoline prices to half what they were 5 years ago. The economy is not perfect but is much improved. Lively debates about running the country are taking place in all 50 states, as we consider what the best Presidential candidates are for our upcoming election.
On the dark side, we now face global terror threats and in-country mass shootings on scales we never imagined five years ago. Millions have lost their homes in the Middle East and Africa. The European Union, the US, and others are struggling to assist the refugees. Global weather is shifting and we debate global warming. Weather systems have brought massive storm destruction to Texas, Missouri, New Mexico, and others. Floods have destroyed areas of California, as well as areas in the South. We now deal with challenges that are on a new scale. Some are asking if we are in the beginning of World War III. Some ask if this is the Biblical Apocalypse.
But, as was true 5 years ago, this is the very time to work against our fear. In our health, fear damages the immune system and causes exhaustion. In relationships, fear makes us brittle, defensive, hesitant to move ahead, and sometimes, it makes us look and sound angry. Many seem ready to snap. And that may be exactly why we have so many shooting sprees. On a national and international level, fear can cause a plummet in the stock markets or a run on the banks, either of which can be disastrous for financial systems.
The truth is that this is the very time to feed our positive feelings. This is the ideal time to savor every convenience and blessing, being thankful for all the good in our lives. The body chemistry of gratitude leads to a sense of satisfaction and joy, in essence washing away the biochemistry of fear. Despite the negative idea storm around us, this is the ideal time to be in touch with the joy in our lives. It is the ideal time to get in touch with our Peace Within.
Goal planners and metaphysics practitioners say it is crucial to hold your intention and your vision of what you want. Both say thinking negative thoughts leads to more negative occurrences, and holding positive, joyful visions leads to more positive results. Jesus is quoted, in several books of the Bible, as saying that it is important to stay joyful to get the life results you want. In John 16:33, Jesus says,
In the world, you have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.
Can you have joy in the storm? Nurture your faith and your Peace Within. Why not try? Your life is worth it. And that’s Upbeat Living!
- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc ). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.
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