Thursday, December 29, 2011

there is much good in the world


There still exist neighborhoods where lost purses are returned, long, snowy driveways are secretly plowed, and neighbors leave homemade Christmas gifts on each others' gates. I live in one such place, and for that I am ever so grateful. Times are tough these days, and we often hear about how it's bringing out the worst in our society. But, quietly, in everyday communities, people are once again looking out for each other, showing humanity at its very best. Have you noticed it, too?

6 comments:

  1. Jaime, that is so true. It is hard at times to read the news and not be overwhelmed by the things that we see. I have to remind myself to focus on the good...the innocence and joy of my children, the love of family and friends, the kindness of our neighbours. Our neighbours do look out for us, bring casseroles if there is a death in the family, help cut down a tree if needed, or swap a few excess veggies from the garden. One year we had a power outage that lasted 4 days, and the people right next door actually ran a very long extension cord all the way from their generator to our refrigerator so that our food would not spoil. There is still so much good in the world, and the more we talk about it rather than focusing on all that is bad, the better things will be. Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. Yes, I have noticed it too! I wonder if there is a difference between how people are coping with the tough times in the cities as opposed to us "country" folk?

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  3. I notice it occasionally. I work in a very customer service oriented business and it is commonplace to be yelled at and treated rudely. Imagine my surprise when people are kind and nice. I thank them profusely, especially the parents of polite children. I know it also helps me be a more patient consumer as well.

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  4. It seems that the worst times have become, the more withdrawn people have become around here, sadly. But we can always work to change that by being kinder and more charitable. Who knows? Maybe it will catch on!

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  5. Lovely post Jaime...how wonderful to live in a neighbourhood of such warmth....i see humanity at its best everyday here but sometimes one does have to look a little harder unfortunately!

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  6. How true! Lovely to read about happiness in a world where people tend to focus on the negative. Best wishes to you and your family for 2012.

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