How to Find the Good in a Chaotic World
When the world seems to be falling apart and sentiments turn gloomy, the normal responses that people have aren't usually satisfying. Most people tune out what they don't want to pay attention to, while others remain permanently unhappy about current events or otherwise remain uninvolved. But if you are willing to look deeper, there are better responses.
Start by looking at the wider picture. The world has always been a mixture of good and bad, and so the challenge for you remains roughly the same as it has for everyone in every generation: to evolve personally. Personal evolution requires two things: intention and attention.
The most important intention is the desire to evolve, and you can carry out this intention every day, no matter where you find yourself. Desire is the most powerful motivator, and if you can fulfill your desire to evolve, every success will motivate you more.
Evolution typically means progress, but in terms of consciousness, a better working definition is expansion: if you can expand your consciousness today, tomorrow, and every day after that, you will evolve during your whole lifetime. The opposite of expansion is contraction, which gives you the outline for a two-step program. Every day you should try to put your attention on things that expand awareness and avoid things that lead to contracted awareness.
9 Things to Focus on for Expansion
It's possible to make a list for each category. Awareness expands when you put your attention on:
Compassion and kindness
Being of service
Reading uplifting writings
Finding creative outlets
Doing whatever makes you joyful
It's clear that anyone can make time for these things; it would be an impoverished life that didn't afford opportunities for at least one of them every day. Each contains its own motivation by bringing a sense of pleasure and enjoyment. Without such a feeling, however, the expansion of consciousness will not happen. If you give grudgingly or out of a sense of duty, if you are of service because you feel guilty or bound by your conscience, your actions will remain good, even worthy, but you won't feel that you have become a happier, more fulfilled person.