Guess what, friends?!? There is good happening everywhere! There are so many people doing so much good and who are being of service to humanity! People are working hard to uplift our fellow beings in great and small ways, even if only one person at a time!
Need some proof? Just look at websites such as “The Good News Network” at www.goodnewsnetwork.org, “The Daily Good” at www.dailygood.org, “Positive News” at www.positivenewsus.org, “The Optimist” at www.theoptimist.com, and countless others. There are even many video montages of film clips showing people coming to the aid of their fellow beings.
The purpose of these sites is to report the good news from all over the world. Their stories are uplifting, inspiring, hopeful, and full of positive and loving news! They show news that is not shown in main stream media. Main stream media focuses on the negative news in our country and around the world, and that’s sad because it gives people the impression and beliefs that there is only bad happening. People watching or listening see and hear about all the violence and corruption and they become cynical, many losing hope that good could ever happen anywhere. Some media and talk show hosts even promote hate and violence because they report from their own personal biased and narrow-minded beliefs and for their own personal agendas.
But there is so much more good than bad! There are many stories of people helping each other on a grand scale. There are stories about those from various religions all over the world coming together to promote love, peace, and harmony and who are supporting and protecting each other. Wealthy people and corporations are using their money to help where needed. (Not all are greedy and selfish; we just don’t hear about their good deeds.) Thousands upon thousands all over the world are meeting together to meditate for love and peace!
People are also doing things on a smaller scale. One story that warmed my heart was about a seven year old boy named Jack who gave all the money in his piggy bank to a Mosque in Texas which had recently been vandalized (the child was non-Muslim). He only had $20, but to the people of the Mosque, it was a fortune. Since then, many in the community from all races and religions have come together to help.
Another story was of a woman on a subway who saw a homeless woman with no shoes. Even though it was cold, she took off her boots and gave them to the woman. A man who witnessed the act of kindness took warm socks out of his gym bag and gave them to the donor to wear home. A shoe store found out about it, they gave her a free shopping spree, and she gave everything to the homeless.
People are out there feeding the hungry, giving clothes to those in need, and shelter to those who need a roof over their head. People from all walks of life are going out of their way to do what they can to help others regardless of a person’s color, race, religion, politics, sexual preference, culture, or whatever. Good sees only through the eyes of love. There are even stories of people helping animals and our beautiful Mother Earth.
How do we see and find the good? Look for it! Focus on it! The more you do, the more you’ll see. There are countless videos on YouTube that show people doing good, many risking their lives to save the lives of others regardless of who they are. You don’t even have to search further than looking around you where you are at this very moment. The more you see, the more you’ll believe that there is so much more good than not and that love is winning!
It also comes down to our thoughts and beliefs. Are they loving, positive, and optimistic? Or are they hateful, negative, and pessimistic? Are you addicted to and constantly watching all the bad news? Where are you putting your focus? What energy are you feeding? Furthermore, it’s also important to be aware of how you see yourself. Krishna Saagar said, “You don't see the world as it is, you see it as you are.”
The world is a beautiful place, and you are part of that beauty, even if you can’t see it right now. Jawaharlal Nehru said, “We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” As Louis Armstrong once sang, “And I think to myself…What a wonderful world.” And that it is, my friends. That it is.
Published in the Cookeville Herald Citizen December 4, 2015.