It seems to get more difficult to stay optimistic about the world around us when we hear of a school shooting, a terrorist attack in London, senior citizens abandoned in a nursing home during a hurricane, a freshman in college dying from possible hazing, and missiles threatening our country -- all within a few days of each other.
I have been accused of having my head in the sand and I have about decided it is not such a bad place to be.
I am not sure if the acts of evil are getting worse or we just have a better communication system getting the news out. The old saying, “bad news travels fast,” is even faster with today's technology.
I have always tried to keep a positive outlook. I want to give people the benefit of a doubt and I try my best to look for the good in everyone.
We saw the outpouring of caring and giving as our southern states experienced recent flooding and hurricanes. The storms have left behind havoc for the families to deal with. Many people are without power and many are without homes. Many have lost loved ones. My heart goes out to all of them as they try to rebuild.
Thank goodness they are not alone. The emergency crews are there. The power companies sent lots of extra help. Rescue squads were there and neighbors were out helping neighbors.
The majority of people are willing to help. They go, they give, they care.
We have read about many people who have gone above and beyond. One women took cookies and water every day to misplaced families in her hometown. Many times little things can make a big difference in holding us together when we are overwhelmed.
Relief came from all across the states. Church organizations, relief teams and even children and adults in our own Buffalo Island area gathered items. Volunteers delivered truck loads of needed items to the storm victims.
I just want to take this opportunity to say I am proud of each and everyone one who helped. We hear about the millions of dollars donated but the people who can only give a few dollars make a difference, also. Small amounts add up.
There comes my Pollyanna attitude back. We have plenty of good people all around us. We can call them angels among us or just good neighbors. Either way, they saw a need and did their part to help.
If and when we have the opportunity to do something good, not expecting anything in return, we should do it. It is even more rewarding if we can do it anonymously.
Optimisim can be contagious so let's try to spread it around.