Phones have been ringing off the hook at suicide hotlines since Donald Trump was named president-elect. The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is seeing calls “unmatched in the hotline’s history” with a response unlike that of 2008 or 2012. People were so afraid for their lives that they wanted to take their own. The heartbreaking reality of this is that it reveals a lack of faith, vision and purpose in people’s lives. These absences have led to confusion and anxiety so strong that we have reached the point would rather take their own lives than face this reality.
Is the Election to Blame?
This isn’t happening to people because of the election but rather it’s a combination of things already going on in their lives. Many are already overwhelmed, stressed out, and broken and the stress of the election added to all of that. The election signifies dramatic change, which can increase the current state of distress and take people to a dark place. However, not everyone had this type of reaction to the news. Others have been affected in a positive way, even if they didn’t vote for Trump. The question is, why did the election produce anxiety for some and hope for others? The answer is perspective.
Have you ever noticed how some people attract problems in their lives while others have good things constantly flowing their way? Why is this?
There is power in perspective!
The way we look at things will impact our entire being. What people feast their thoughts on will end up being reproduced in their lives.
The perspective that a person’s life takes is a reference to the orientation of one’s affections, desire, faith, and heart. There is power in focus and perspective. Where your thoughts go, your power and energy flow.
Emotions come and go, thought patterns change, but a person who is focused will benefit from having his heart focused on one direction. Someone with focus is more stable, happy, and productive in life. Remember, where your attention goes, power flows. Depending on their focus, they will be filled with spiritual light or darkness. Focusing on the things you are thankful for, having a mindset that seeks solution, and seeing potential is what will influence the world around you.
How do we deal with unhealthy perspectives and focus?
Do you find yourself grumbling and complaining often? Do you focus on the struggles in life more than the beauty and blessings? If so what does it produce in your life? Do you have your best ideas and actions when you are afraid and stressed? This is not the most effective emotional state to produce the results we want to see in our lives.
Try to experience the benefits by going on a two-day negativity fast. No grumbling and complaining. No talking down to others. You will realize how much negativity you have wasted your energy on.
Realize that your emotions can be changed, though it’s not always easy. Your feelings are not your boss! You must change your perspective. Do something to disrupt the negativity and do it quickly. Is sadness rising up within you? Make yourself laugh, enjoy some comedy. Are you starting to eat something unhealthy? Put it down and choose a better alternative. Take control of your life. Are you bitter or angry with someone? Don’t allow anyone to destroy your peace. Forgive that person and move on for your own sake.
“I’m not negative, I’m realistic”
People are often concerned that by “acting” happy when they’re depressed, they’re being fake and lying to themselves and to others.
Remember, those are feelings – not who you are. You DO NOT need to allow them to have control and run your life. Why compromise your peace when you can counteract the negative emotions? You have the power and potential to do it. Don’t let feelings keep you from your destiny. Many spend their entire lives reacting to what they don’t want to be instead of responding to their life’s purpose. This is why having a clear vision for your life is so important.
Vision and purpose create a life worth living and a life worth living is one that makes a difference!
To anyone who is feeling afraid, angry, or confused about the election: regain your power. Don’t spend your life reacting to others or to your circumstances. When you blame others, you give up your power to make a change. You’re saying they control your thoughts, emotions, and subsequent words and actions. You are giving them the power of your own happiness and peace. Nobody likes the sound of giving control of their lives to someone else. There will always be situations that are out of our hands, but we can always control our reactions to them.
Whether it’s the election or day-to-day issues, remember the following: If you don’t like it, change it! If you can’t change it, change your perspective on it.