Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, countless mass shootings, terrorist attacks. A solar eclipse, unicorn frappuccinos, a royal engagement. It’s been a year for sure. But certainly seems we’ve seen far more than our fair share of tragedy in 2017.
So many times this year I’ve found myself trying to cautiously explain the evils of the world to a sweet little boy across the dinner table. And while I nearly always came up short of finding the right words, the one thought that always came to mind were the words of our beloved Mr. Rogers…
“My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”
I would tell Jack, “Son, times of tragedy are also opportunities to see the good in people.” The world today is filled with tragedy. And though it seems like an insurmountable task some days, we have to continue to strive to see the good.
It’s tough. And this year has had so much pushing back against us, but we have to keep searching.
It’s effortless to submit to evil and let it control us. That’s the easy part. The struggle is in searching for the good.
So this year, I want to ask… Please seek out the good. Look for kindness. Find goodness, and good will, and positivity.
Better yet, be the one to put kindness back into our hurting world. I mean, we’re called mankind. Wouldn’t it be great if we could be more kind?
Folks, the truth is… life isn’t perfect. But each day we have the option to focus on the negative or focus on the positive. This year, my wish for you is the eternal ability to focus on the positive. I wish that you’ll be able to effortlessly see the good in the world. I hope that you’ll be able to find kindness and that you’ll be able to return a little of that kindness back.
I love y’all more than you could ever know. Each time you visit SouthernBite.com or visit with me on social media, you’re seating your place as a part of this humble Alabama boy’s big ol’ dream come true.
Pull your loved ones in close and hug them tight. Squeeze them a little longer. Tell them you love them. Treasure the time you have together.
Merry Christmas, y’all!