I can get caught up in the world’s problems. I get overwhelmed by so many things I can’t control.
I want to save the little girls in Afghanistan that are being taken and “Married” off to the Taliban. I want to stop the sex trafficking here in our country. I want to feed every child and let no one go hungry or thirsty.
I want to stop school shootings and all the other evils out there.
In our little world it’s hard sometimes to grasp this kind of hate. In our little spot on the map we have troubles but they aren’t problems of this magnitude.
I try not to bring in the world’s problems into this newspaper as we get plenty of them on social media the television and the internet. I try to bring the community together with information, kids learning and achieving, and stories.
This week two stories made me smile. One is a retired military man who lost his coat and had it returned by a Good Samaritan who didn’t want credit or the reward offered. And the local rest home received an anonymous donation of a box of fresh peaches to enjoy.
While these small deeds may seem minute or insignificant in the presence of great evils, I believe there is more good possible. And if everyone could pay it forward, maybe the love could help us come together a little more.
“So shines a good deed in a weary world” is a slightly amended version of a metaphor used by Portia in Merchant of Venice.
However I will refer to the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocoalate Factory and hope an Oompa Loompa comes out soon to teach us all a lesson in humanity.
While we wait for this, can you help someone today? Can you brighten their world? Maybe you were one of the ones who helped rescue people from Afghanistan. Maybe you helped buy a goat or a cow for a family needing this in a third world country.
I don’t know where your support lies. But it takes a phone call, a kind word, or a few dollars to help someone somewhere.
Maybe you could pay someone’s gas or electric bill or donate to a local benefit.
Looking for the good, looking to help, shutting the television off and enjoying a walk with a friend or sunshine on your face.
I don’t have all the answers. And I don’t like a lot of what is going on in our country and our world but today I will do my best to do what I am called to do.
To those out there who do this often, thank you. Helping to make the world better is no small task.
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