You know what? I’ve really got to stop watching the morning news. Seriously! Yesterday I kept switching back and forth between “The Early Show,”"Good Morning America,” and the local news, listening for something, anything, which wouldn’t make me feel more depressed. Everything was like “murder, recession, economy tanking, swindles, more murder, government corruption, markets plunging, child abuse, animal attacks, joblessness, etc., etc., etc.!” You get the picture. I mean…where’s the joy? Lately I’ve taken to putting the sound on “mute” and only turning it back on if the story looks promising.
So, I feel like in these stressful times that we all need to look a little harder and stop to appreciate the good things when they happen. I’ve had a couple lately which I want to share, in an effort to bring a little light to these gloomy times.
- This morning when I stepped out onto my porch in the dark, I noticed there was a pickup truck stopped in front of my house with its lights on. I immediately saw why. There, right in the middle of the street were five deer – three adults and two babies, just standing there! I immediately had the urge to run for my camera, but knew that the moment I moved, they’d bolt, so I decided against it. You have to understand, this isn’t out in the country somewhere. This street is relatively busy because it’s the street that leads into my neighborhood, and is usually buzzing with people going to work. But there we were – the pickup driver, the deer and me, all just looking at each other for what seemed an eternity. It was so cool! I really felt that the driver and I were being granted this little gift from God, this little brush with the “wild world,” and I was grateful.
- If you’ve been reading this blog, you may remember that towards the end of last year, I decided to try to make contact with a friend I used to work with whom I had cut off in a very stressful time of my life. As time passed, I had come to regret it, because she was someone whose friendship I had cherished. So I wrote her a letter and asked for forgiveness. Immediately she responded with enthusiasm, and we’ve been seeing each other ever since. That, in itself, is a blessing.
- Well, in the past few weeks I had been thinking of another friend who had wronged me, (undeservedly, I might add,) but with whom, when times were good, I had had many crazy adventures. I wondered what she was doing and if she had changed in the past ten years. In my younger days, I was never very good at forgiveness. Back then I saw things in black and white. Rather than live with the “turn the other cheek” lesson from the Bible, I was more “wrong me once, shame on you, wrong me twice, shame on me” kind of person. But hey, I’ve gotten older and have learned a few things and maybe mellowed a bit. I finally sent her a card with my contact information and figured that was that. Two days later I got an ecstatic email from her, telling me how she had always prayed she’d hear from me, but was too ashamed of her actions to contact me. We’ve talked twice since then and are going to meet for breakfast next week. I think this has really taught me that “what goes around, comes around” can be a good thing. Because I asked for forgiveness and was granted it, I gained another friend. And then because I granted forgiveness, I gained still another friend. Hey, I could get used to this! I think this is called karma. In this case, good karma!
So if you get nothing else out of this post, I hope you get this. There is still good out in the world. Sometimes it’s bestowed by the universe, like the deer. Sometimes it’s of our own making. But, however it comes to us, it is good. Think on that awhile.