I believe that people, and the world, more generally, is inherently good. In spite of the evil, beset one human on another that we see each and every day in the paper and on the tv news, I believe those things to be in the minority of the human condition. I believe that the stories of good and kindness are not told, and that is a shame.
I believe many more people held open the door for someone today, helped an elderly person load their car with groceries, gave someone the pennies from their wallet to pay the change needed on their bill, weeded a neighbor's garden that is too busy with her many kids, listened and gave hugs to those with heavy hearts.
I believe that there are more heroes than villains, those brave souls who are out there protecting and serving for the sanctity of life, rather than disregarding it. Everyday heroes who get up and spread some sunshine within their own small world, in spite of their pain and challenges. If only those stories were told more in the news, instead of just on the "slow" day as filler.
I believe that there are more people using the power of prayer rather than abusing the power of money. More are giving of themselves, their time and their wallets to help their fellow man, woman, and child, than those who would steal from the same.
I believe that there are more tolerant, open-minded people who accept those who are different with open armed respect, than there are those who turn their backs in judgement. There are many more who celebrate the rainbow of our world's colors than those who cling to a singleness of blind intent to be separate.
I believe that there are more smiles than frowns today all over our world.
I have to believe in this good. It may not be celebrated by our newspapers and newscasts, but it is there. It is how I can get up and face the day, in spite of my personal challenges, and how I can groom my children to become part of this human race, part of this ever shrinking world.
It is hope.
If you read this and think I am naive, then I am glad I live in my world and not yours.