Grateful for the Goodness In People
The news today is made up of bad people doing horrific things. If you read too much of it, you fear for the state of society.
What lifts me up and keeps me from living in a deep funk when every bit of news I hear or read is bad is the belief that people generally have goodness in them.
For example, during the World Series, 2 strangers, one an Astros fan, and the other a Phillies fan helped each other get to Houston from Milwaukee on time for the first pitch of Game 1.
On Halloween night, a homeowner who was attending an Astros viewing party left a large bowl of candy for the Trick or Treaters. She’d done this for 10 years without a problem Her Ring doorbell caught 2 teens taking all of the candy and dumping the bowl on the ground. The third boy (who may have been with the other 2 ) picked up the bowl and put some of his own candy in the bowl.
OK, I’m a sucker for these stories. I believe that the majority of people have goodness in them. Maybe it’s been buried for a while, or perhaps it takes something special to bring it out…but it’s there!
There are people who do bad things or are not nice but I have to believe that if they dug deep down, they would be capable of doing an act of kindness.
The inner kindness in people is there and I have faith in it. All we need is to keep our eyes, ears, and hearts open to see it.
Human greatness does not lie in wealth or power, but in character and goodness. People are just people, and all people have faults and shortcomings, but all of us are born with a basic goodness. Anne Frank
This is my fourth entry in the November 2022 Thanksgiving Gratitude Challenge hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS.