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Finding Wonderful in Woeful Times

We've rolled into Week 40 of the #Go52 Challenge and many things in our nation's current landscape are challenging at best. With hurricane relief efforts, social unrest, and mass shootings lining the headlines, it can be easy to get consumed with thoughts of how we found ourselves in such a state of affairs. But how do you stop it from overwhelming you? How do you find a glimmer of wonderful through taxing times like these?

Our weekly theme is right on time again, as we seek to find our way back to wonderful.

#Go52 Challenge - Week 40 - Wonderful

To find our way back to wonderful takes commitment, thoughtful action, and deliberate effort. Sometimes it take a while to seek out. Other times its process is swift. Regardless of the timeline, here are three things that may spark your journey.

Three steps to help you begin the process:

  1. Acknowledge It

Whatever "it," might be your stressor, greet it. Attempting to avoid the challenge or situation may be our first aim. Unfortunately, until we acknowledge it for what it is we will struggle to move forward on a positive note. Rather, it festers and bubbles until it surfaces as a mess.

  1. Seek the Good

Identify that which has been a positive outcome, no matter how small it may be. In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, there was an outpouring of support to help people restore what they could of their lives. While the devastation was immense, humanity was restored in each respective location if only for a moment. That is the good.

  1. Celebrate What Remains

Understand that those small moments of hope can be harnessed and used to propel you forward into positive action. Celebrate each for their beauty, and allow them the opportunity to encourage you towards a ripple effect that might turn the tide from angst back towards wonderful.

Today is a new day, which brings with it all the possibility that you can fathom. Our weekly illustration is based on the quote by Maya Angelou, “This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.”

"This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before." Maya Angelou

Find your most wonderful self and let it shine. It may just be the light that someone else needs to see.

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