Wednesday, April 17, 2013
There IS Good in the World!
I don't know about you, but sometimes the news can be really depressing. With the tragic bombing in Boston this week, and all the other sad stories that run on every channel at every hour, it's easy to get discouraged about all the GOOD that is actually in this world. I keep seeing this Mr. Rogers quote everywhere about in times of tragedy to always look for the helpers...there are always helpers.
I've had that on my mind today, as I looked around at my kids and realized that if all the "bad" affects me this way, how does it affect our children? How can we keep them sheltered from things that go on each and every day, and at the same time, teach them to be good and kind to one another, and to always look for those helpers.
So, in the fog of all these thoughts, I headed to the grocery store tonight. Standing in the water aisle, this couple...two complete strangers...walk up to me, hand me a $50 gift card, and say "We want you to have this. Jesus loves you.".
It was a beautiful thing.
And, it was a beautiful reminder that there IS good in this world, and there are those that are a testament to it. We just have to LOOK for it.
And, more importantly, it struck me that we have to BE it.
This is not my normal blog post, but this moment just inspired me, and I wanted to share. I think we are charged with so much as teachers... and one of the most important things is to teach children to "find the helpers and BE the helpers".
One of my most favorite quotes is Ghandi's, "Be the change you want to see in the world". I know, as teachers, we each live this every single day, but I want to be mindful of teaching my kiddies to be that change, as well.
Thanks for listening & sticking with me through my ramble. It was just such an amazing act of kindness, I had to share. I am definitely planning on paying it forward, and just hope that more and more people do the same.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, and no matter what gets you down, remember, there IS good in this world :)