I find there is a trend… if I watch/listen to/read a lot of “news” I start to freak out a little.
What the heck is going on in Iraq? The polar ice caps are melting HOW FAST? They put what in soda? I can’t believe that resolution got voted down! Did you know that there are people asking for permission for their states to secede from the union?
It gives me the urge to pack “bug out bags” for the family just in case we need to hike to safety in the Canadian wilderness or something.
The world can be a scary place. “There are wars and rumors of wars.” There always have been. It’s really nothing new.
Let me give you some other news:
All around you, good things are happening!
In Ohio, this church group came together to raise over $100,000 to help buy a new plane to transport seriously ill patients in The Congo. Then, to add a personal touch, they sent a quilt to give comfort to the sick and hurting. Each square had been held and prayed over by a member of the group so that the person covered in the quilt would be covered in love and prayers.
Despite ongoing reports of our economy being shaky donations to non-profit hospitals reached record high levels in 2011.
While AIDS continues to be a major health concern, the care for HIV and AIDS patients has improved to such an extent that the number of deaths attributed to the disease has decreased by almost half in the past 7 years!
Lions Club International is reporting that they have been able to help promote good eye health for millions of children and adults around the world.
There are kind-hearted folks who have collected thousands of pounds of animal food and rescued hundreds of animals who were separated from their human families during hurricane Sandy.
The Tokelau islands have successfully shifted to running all electricity on 100% solar power. Now that one small place has done it, perhaps more will follow!
Concerned citizens saved the life of a soldier who was on the verge of suicide when they heard about him on Facebook.
I bet, with the tiniest bit of effort, you can find lots of good news, too!
Be encouraged, my friends. There may “be wars and rumors of wars,” but there is an awful lot of love and compassion and forward growth among us as well.
Now turn up your favorite music, sing badly at the top of your lungs, and spread smiles as you go along today. It’s OK to be aware, but life it too short to spend it cowering in fear of the morning news.