I have been learning something very radical -- that there are only two choices in life -- only two ways to respond to anything:
acceptance or change.
Either you accept something as it is, or you change it.
The only way you need to respond to any situation in your life is one of two ways: Action to improve the thing, or allowing it to be as it is.
Griping and whining and being mad and complaining and being unhappy with something or taking out your anger on others is simply NOT A CHOICE.
Every situation in life has a downside, and every cloud has a silver lining. (not a black lining, as lots of the world would have you think.)
It is that simple.
Maybe some would call that naive, or being like a camel with it's head in the sand or polly-anna-ish.
I know myself, I know what I can give to the world, I know my calling and my gifts, and I simply am NOT one of those called to point out all the problems and evils, not one to send along an e-mail about awful politicians, or point out what a train wreck our society is right now. I will leave that to the pundits and I will make my art.
I am one to look at the joy and spread the news of hope.
Despair is not a choice for me.
What about you?
"The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures... shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers." --Rabindranath Tagore