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    I’m sure I wasn’t the only one this morning who, when I turned on the radio to hear the shocking news about the terrorist attack in Nice, felt shocked and sickened to my core. It makes me so sad when our beautiful world is twisted and distorted by the hatred and anger of a few, who destroy the lives of so many, and my heart goes out to the people who were caught up in this atrocity.

    Sadly, it is all too easy to start to see the world in a darkened light when we hear about events like this, especially when you add it to the recent upheaval in this country as a result of the referendum, the racist attacks which followed, the murder of Labour MP, Jo Cox, and the shootings and unrest in America.

    It seems therefore a poignant time to remind ourselves of the good that surrounds us, and to stay strong even when we feel we are surrounded by nothing but hatred and unrest. The world is a beautiful place filled with stunning scenery, amazing people and fantastic experiences, and we should try never to let the negative factions stop us from believing that.

    While we cannot stop others from behaving in a way that is so abhorrent to us, we can limit the terror and fear that they bring to our own lives. This is true in all facets of life, whether it is a terrible national atrocity, a bullying boss, an abusive neighbour or anything else that makes us feel uneasy or scared. We have the strength and power within ourselves to stop those things from overwhelming us. We have the ability to focus on the good in our lives and to reduce the impact that these negative influences have.

    Spend time tonight with your loved ones, ring a friend you haven’t seen in a while, take a walk in the countryside or on the beach, or go out dancing until dawn. Do whatever it takes to remind you that despite the odd moments of dark, you are still surrounded by love and light.

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