By Lisa M. Burwell
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. —Philippians 4:8
At a time when we are being inundated daily with stories of gloom and negativity, who isn’t in need of hearing good news? Tales of adversity and mistrust prevail in our media and on the internet, leading to what appears to be a collective angst in the world today. Good things and good people can be found everywhere, and it seems that, now, more than ever, it is important to shine a bright light on them. This month’s issue is filled with stories that will make your heart sing with delight and hope that all is still well with the world.
The upheaval on the global stage is unsettling, but I’ve discovered an antidote: we have to proclaim the goodness that is all around us. That has been the purpose of VIE since its inception shortly before the Great Recession in 2008. And we did the unimaginable—we survived. We have continued to tell our stories with heart and soul, and we have had the great fortune of continuing to do the good work we started over a decade ago.
This mind-set is founded not on the proverbial head-in-the-sand coping mechanism, but rather on heralding all the good in the world instead of the bad. It’s simply a choice one decides to make—and it works. Walk in gratitude today, and your tomorrow will be much brighter.
This issue is rich in goodness, so dive in—and soak it up.
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