Focus on what you can control

Remember when this was a joke?

I suspect that today is going to be a depressing and frustrating day for a lot of people.

In London where I live, there isn’t a lot of love or enthusiasm for Donald Trump, but we’re waking up to the news that he’s likely the next President.

It’s not a great situation, but, given the Brexit vote earlier this year, it shouldn’t come as a complete surprise either.

If we learned anything from Brexit – it should be that no amount of complaining, bitching or whinging is going to un-elect Donald Trump.

Our job now is to focus on what we can control.

If you think that Donald Trump is bad for this world, then focus on what you can do to make it better.

Think about all the things you really care about and make sure you’re working to develop and nurture them.

Find the things you can influence and work to improve the hell out of them.

Donald Trump might have reach, but you have boots on the ground, experience and you’ve got a head start – so get going.

If we all spend the day wallowing, it will be a long, frustrating day.

But it doesn’t have to be.

Start by making one thing better right now and you’ll already be ahead.

Don’t despair about ’em all

It’s pretty easy to understand why people might feel down about the world at the moment.

The truck attack in Nice.

The shootings in Dallas and Orlando.

The constant reports of attacks and explosions from the middle east.

The political turmoil in the UK following Brexit and its messy aftermath.

The prospect of more Boris Johnson.

The prospect of Donald Trump.

The prospect of both of them. At the same time.

ISIS continuing to behead its own people for menial infractions.

Plus all of the tragedies and struggles we hear less about – or don’t hear about at all.

And we wonder why people are excited to play Pokemon.

Chin up, everyone.