I have found that keeping my sanity takes at least two things. One, I take time to step back from it all and keep breathing. Two, I pay better attention to what’s going well, where progress is being made, and where relationships in my personal life are going well.
Oh, and one more thing. I think of all people as inherently good, who sometimes do things that are unfortunate. I’ll admit it. I’m one such person. I sometimes do things that are unfortunate. Then, I have to see what I’ve done, make amends if I can, and see if I can forgive myself.
Stan Dale reportedly said, “Everything is either an act of love or a cry for love.” I think that’s pretty close to the truth. And we have Marshall Rosenberg, Philip Zimbardo, James Gilligan, Chip and Dan Heath, and others to back that up.
At first, some of those people (referred to by the links above) might not seem to directly follow my quote from Stan. But nonetheless, they are all authors and works I have investigated, and it has helped me realize some important aspects of humanity I never heard about in school.
Every day, millions of people do good things for other people and themselves, and none of it makes news headlines. That doesn't stop them. They'll get up tomorrow morning and keep doing good things for each other, regardless of reports of bad behavior spreading through the airwaves.