I always get disheartened when I hear about raging wild fires like those in California the last few weeks. They seem to get worse every year now. It’s hard not to imagine a world sometime in the future when all our forests are gone.
My instinct in these moments is usually to find some silver lining or broader perspective that allows me to stay focused on the positive, to ward off despair.
But I am also trying to remind myself that it’s important to let myself just be with the sadness sometimes. There are many incredible, positive things happening in the world today. But there are also many scary, difficult things happening as well. The loss and sadness are real.
There’s a fine between focusing on the positive and being in denial about the negative.