Ya know all that jazz about positive thinking? I don’t really buy it.
I mean, yes, my attitude contributes to a good portion of how my life looks, feels, and truly is.
If I wake up grumpy because my children have woken me, if I am resentful for being the only adult home to make meals and I angrily slap together breakfast, I am likely to be met with bitter, resentful children, while looking down the tunnel of a long and depressing day…
BUT, if I approach the morning with a sense of gratitude for the simple fact that I am able to be woken by my children, that I have the privilege of being home for these moments, that I actually get to make their breakfasts, slow and steadily baking warm muffins in the late morning, and I get to be here for the milestones, suddenly the day looks a lot different.
I get that.
It’s the kind of ‘positive thinking’ that requires turning a blind eye to real world issues that just doesn’t fly with me. Believing that “everything is fine!” when it isn’t, just doesn’t feel good. I just can’t look away and change my attitude. I just can’t dismiss the negativity that exists in the world. It is meant to serve as a catalyst, for education, for growth, for improvement. And if we continue to turn off our radios, delete negative news from our feeds, and curate our lives to exist solely on rainbows with unicorns, how will we ever witness change?
Though it may be true that we can achieve our own inner peace while looking inwards and detaching from the outside world, peace in the world will not come without conscious thought and deeply-rooted change.
It’s going to take a lot of inwards-looking people, looking outwardly at the problems, feeling uncomfortable, and doing something about them.
The photos you see in this post are displaying the whimsical work of Gaia Inspired Boutique.Artist, Tatianna Plechenko, handcrafts each design herself out of previously loved sweaters, thus creating beautiful works of art for all shapes and sizes, promoting body positivity and earth stewardship…talk about doing something.
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