Welcome back my friends to the Derate the Hate podcast! Wilk here again from WilksWorld.com with episode 22 of our podcast and this episode is again inspired by a meme I saw that fits so well with what we try to do here with our Derate the Hate podcast.
Since recording this podcast I did a little more research and the quote from the mentioned meme comes from Amy Weatherly, and it turns out she has a lot more than just one inspiring meme, she has a website and a whole pile of inspiring material and quotes. Check out her stuff, it would be well worth your time.
So back to this week's episode. All too often people become too absorbed in their perception of things and it becomes their reality. If people are constantly told they are a victim, or they are in some way oppressed, they will see victimhood and oppression in everything they experience and will become incapable of finding the good, finding the joy in everyday things and will constantly be unhappy.
As seen in Amy's quote from above, gratitude is a key component to joy, and I'll take it a step further in saying that moments of joy are a key component in a life of happiness. We talk about gratitude a lot in this podcast and first spoke of the importance of gratitude back in Episode 2: The Importance of Gratitude. If you are not able to see the roses for their beauty without being consumed by the thorns, you cannot see the forest for the trees, (the forest being happiness and the trees being moments of joy). It is imperative if one is going to live a life of happiness to accentuate the positive, deflate and derate the negative, and spread that positivity on to those around us.
In this week's feel good story I talk about a local restaurant in LaPorte, Co. by the name of Vern's Place. With the western United States being ravaged by wildfires and small businesses in this country being ravaged by the response to this pandemic, places like Vern's really shine by stepping up and doing a great deed for those in need. Vern's place has been serving up free meals to those evacuees of the those firefighters battling the Cameron Peak fire in the mountains near LaPorte there in northern Colorado. You can get more about that story here.
What have you done today to make the world a better place? What have you done today to make your life a better life? Hopefully something you hear in one of our podcasts helps you to do just that! When you're out among the people, be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!