While I don't recommend burying one's head in the sand and pretending - lalalalala - that everything's just fine and dandy, it's important for mental health to remember that there are lots of good stories that aren't making headlines, there are people who are choosing to act in positive, life-giving ways every day, and that we do better when we count our blessings and maintain an attitude of gratitude no matter what is going on globally.
I am thankful for the beauty He created for us to enjoy and for the opportunity I had last week to strike an item off my bucket list when my husband and I visited Mackinac Island in Michigan. I am thankful for the safe travel, for our son's safety at home, for the relaxation, the beautiful setting and the resources to afford the trip.
I am thankful that my mom has been surviving the current heat wave and that we have air conditioning at home and in my workplace.
I am thankful that even though it appears my daughter has a moderate allergy to bee stings, it is not life-threatening.
Most of all, I am thankful for a God who never leaves us or forsakes us, and who even gave His life for us. Accept His gift and know that you will never walk alone.