Fear can obliterate all hope and reason ~ and love and gratitude can be easily smothered in that process under a blanket of unworthiness, resentment and self-pity.
That's why Gratitude is so important for it brings us back to what is essentially important ~ ourselves, our loved ones and our unique worthiness as human beings ~ for the people we are most grateful to are usually people who have loved and cherished us.
When we start celebrating these gifts from a place of true gratitude ~ we begin to see through different eyes and we can transcend fear and, as such, open the door to new possibilities and direction. For we are then no longer paralyzed by self-pity, resentment and unworthiness and are open to the guiding light at the end of that internal dark tunnel of despair ~ love, joy and a Unified Field of universal love and soul consciousness.
There is still most definitely good in this world such as seen in this wonderful article from the Guardian: The Feel the Music project teaches deaf children a touch of Beethoven - http://gu.com/p/3cvhn/em
And this is a wonderful, one minute video clip ~ it's full of wisdom and very brief ~ but it has a meaning for all of us.
Allen L Roland
Freelance Alternative Press Online columnist and psychotherapist Allen L Roland is available for comments, interviews, speaking engagements and private consultations ( email@example.com )