It would be stupid to say that it’s easy to stay positive with all the ugliness in the world that seems to be happening every day. The tragedy in Nice was horrific, the unrest in Turkey terrifying, and the shootings of citizens and then police officers unconscionable. Rather than try to ignore it, I thought I’d give you a small ray of hope.
I spent most of the weekend listening to the news, haunting my Facebook feed and secretly tweeting rants about the election on one of my Twitter accounts. This isn’t something I would normally do but it was getting to be too much. Rather than be depressed, I decided to leave my house and hang out at The Village in Woodland Hills. It’s an outdoor shopping mall designed to promote community with sitting areas, doggie stations, and even books to read in the sunshine.
I ate a couple fish tacos by myself at a small restaurant and then began to walk around the mall. Next to the Sur le Table, I noticed a sign that was installed on one of the building walls. It was so cool, I took my camera out of my purse and snapped a picture of it.
Ray of hope: There are always flowers for those who want to see them
When you think about it, it’s true, right? You can’t ignore the violence and hate, but you can see the beauty in life if you choose to. I believe the majority of people in the world “just want to get along.” Only a minuscule minority cause all the unrest. Those who follow ISIS are just a sliver of the millions of “real” Muslims who believe in peace.
Right now we have a candidate (I won’t pretend to like him) who is drumming up hate and bigotry in this country. It’s scary. However, America as a whole is not going to let that happen. We have checks and balances. It may not work perfectly, but we have it as part of our governmental process for a reason. It keeps us free from dictatorships and others who could come in and destroy us. We are a powerful country and our nation, as a whole is basically good. Despite a few bad apples, the better good WILL prevail and continue to keep us great, because we already are. So not matter who becomes our next leader, we can be sure that we will always be reasonably safe.
See the flowers even in the weeds and give yourself a ray of hope.