What a wonderful world!

I feel like we live in a time where we are bombarded with news of how horrible our world has become. The news scares the ba-jeebers out of us by mostly reporting on stories that sell… stories that scare us. Parents talk about how “When we were kids, we could play in our front yards, but times are different now.” Don’t get me wrong, I know that there are some very bad people in the world doing some very bad things, but I also know that:

  • For every 1 person who is doing bad, there are dozens of people doing good.
  • Parents love their children. Some parents may not have the best skill set, but they may be doing better than their parents did. We may sometimes judge or criticize other parents for how they do things, but the truth is, most of us are doing the best that we can with what we were given. Obviously there are exceptions and some parents who should not have children, but I think that most parents are trying to do a good job.
  • Did you all know that the crime rate now is actually less than it was in the early 90′s. Crime rates peaked in the early 90′s and then have since gone down to where they were in the early 70s. Yep, I bet you haven’t seen that on the news.
  • I am inspired by people all around me who do good. I was chatting with a mom the other day who takes her baby almost every day to visit her 93 year old grandma who is nearly deaf and blind. I also saw a simple act that touched me today. A mom in Sofia’s class brought her kindergarten teacher a big batch of Mole to feed her family of 8 dinner tonight. Brilliant. How kind of this mom to feed this overworked/underpaid saint  of a woman(I love this teacher). I got the sense from watching the exchange that this wasn’t the first time that this mom has done this. I definitely get caught up in my own life a lot of the time and probably overlook a lot of opportunities to brighten someone’s day, so I truly am inspired by people who look out for the needs of others.
  • I know that there is a lot of pain and suffering in the world. It can be so depressingly sad to see all of the suffering. I can’t help but wonder sometimes why I was so lucky to live when I do, where I do, and to be born to the family that I was born to. I really feel like because a lot has been given to me, a lot is expected of me. I am blessed, and God expects me to bless the lives of others.

Okay, enough sentimental thoughts for one night :). Thank you for all of the people in my life who are good examples of being Christ-like. I wish that the news would do more stories on people like you :). Who is the last person, movie, sermon, scripture etc….that left you feeling inspired to want to be better?

Audra - November 3, 2011 - 6:37 am

That is why I don’t watch the news! I love hearing stories about people like me ;) lol. The mother you wrote about sounds like a very caring and thoughtful person! What an awesome gesture to bring dinner to the teacher. Thank you you for posting this to your blog. I feel inspired to sit down and focus on being more thankful and positive and there is always more room for selfless acts in my life! :) Heres to taking on the world with good vibes and gestures.
Peace Love and Happiness

adrienne w - November 6, 2011 - 7:07 pm

Well, I found this post to be inspirational. I’m pretty good at willingly serving when and wherebI’m asked, but I need to do better at seeking out opportunities to do good. I get really caught up in our day to day grind, that I forget how important it is to help others. And I want to teach my children to help others as well. I have a friend who decided with her husband and young children that they wouldn’t eat out the rest of the year and they would take the money they would have spent and donate it. It’s a really cool experience they are creating for their kids. You can read about it here:
http://greedforneed.blogspot.com/

Kara - November 8, 2011 - 9:11 pm

That is a great idea!