If you’re like me, you walked away from 2016 scratching your head and wondering what just happened. There were so many highs and lows of the year that left many of us in disbelief. This past year was a year of surprises, upsets, and losses. Whether you’re a Trump supporter or not, you have to admit your disbelief of the fact that 1) a man with no political experience won the Republican nomination and 2) won the race. If you never believed that anything can happen in America, then now you’re a true believer. Even though the first black man won the Presidency eight years ago, the racism that he experienced the entire time in office was no surprise. Nonetheless, 2016 taught us a lot and made us pay attention.
Our surprise and disgust at the Flint, Michigan water crisis made us totally look at government agencies differently. Then there was the loss of the greats: Prince, David Bowie, Alan Thicke, Carrie Fisher, and Debbie Reynolds. Kim Kardashian got robbed at gunpoint in Paris, but Kanye eventually had the meltdown we all saw coming! Then it happened. Brad and Angelina finally broke up. Lastly, the Dallas Cowboys walk away with the greatest record in their NFL history and achieved this momentous feat by way of two very explosive rookies named Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott. Last year was no punk!
I could go on and on about all the craziness that occurred last year, but it would be pointless because 2016 is gone. Now we must focus on how to make 2017 better than the last. I came up with a few tips to help make this new year a little more bearable.
Add Color to Your Perspective
Have you ever noticed how color can cheer you up? Likewise, it can bring you down also. It can and will cloud your vision when you see things in only one or two colors: black or white. I have a friend that sees everything in black and white. There is no gray area. However, I have argued that there are many ambiguities in life. Everything has to do with your perspective. If you see everything in the black, then everything will appear dismal, hard and hopeless. On the other hand, add a little color to your perspective and watch how your views will change. Once you start thinking with an open mind, then possibilities will abound. There is more than one way to view life and its circumstances. Color changes the way you view things because your mind starts to open up. I don’t mean black and white color. I mean yellow, green, purple, red, or orange. Try living your life in color and watch your vision change for the better.
Don’t Give Up On Mankind
With all the negativity and complete horror stories that we hear in the media, it’s hard to have faith in people these days. In most cases, until something awful happened to make you distrust people, you were born into this world trusting others. After all, as babies, we have to completely rely on others. In life, we are going to have to work with and deal with others. I am not suggesting that we trust blindly. I am suggesting that we give more people the benefit without first assuming that all blacks are bad, or all whites are racist. This goes back to opening our minds and adding a little color to our perspectives. We have got to start giving people the benefit of the doubt. Give people a chance to prove themselves before you completely count them out. If they fail, at least you tried to be a part of the solution and not the problem.
Look at the Big Picture
You must know by now that we are all apart of a bigger picture. With a world population exceeding 6 billion, every individual has a part to play in the universe in which we live whether big or small. As you create the story of your life, make sure your stamp impacts the world in such a way that you realize the importance your contribution makes to the big picture. If you’re a stay-at-home mother, raising kids that are respectful and kind is important to the big picture. If you’re a factory worker, understand that your work product contributes to products that not only consumers need, but contributes to our country’s gross national product. The scientist is just as important as the convenience store worker. Each person has a roll that contributes in some way to the bigger picture in the grand scheme of our lives. If we can just continue to think of the big picture instead of merely thinking of ourselves, then we can all contribute to making our world a better place in 2017. Make sure you’re making the right impact.