It’s been an ugly week. Ugly news. People all over social media spewing their own ugly opinions. So to combat all that ugliness, here are some of the beautiful things I saw people do this week.
- The volunteer organization I work for put out an email saying there was an elderly woman who needed help moving into an assisted living facility in an adjoining city. On a sweltering morning 17 people showed up. Men, women and a few teenagers - all of various colors and ethnicity and ages and strength. After getting everything packed and loaded, I had the honor of taking the lady in my car and as we were about to leave, she looked at this virtual united nations of helpers and said “this Town has really changed.” I held my breath waiting for the other shoe to drop. Then she said “I am sorry to be leaving.” I’m sorry she had to leave too.
- My secretary’s daughter is losing her battle with stage 4 ovarian cancer. My secretary had lent her daughter and son-in-law her car to drive to Philadelphia where the daughter is being treated. Then things turned worse and my secretary felt she should go. My colleagues came up with a car for her to use and contributed more than $500 for the trip. All within 15 minutes. I really love the people I work with.
- Last Thursday I went to the ballet - Giselle, danced by the National Ballet of Canada. That alone was beautiful enough to carry me through the week. Seated in front of us was a group of campers, all proudly wearing their bright neon yellow shirts, all special needs kids. Sometimes they were a little loud and often clapped at the “wrong” times and I could hear a few of the hoity toity grey haired ladies muttering about it. At intermission many of the campers went into the aisle to give their rendition of the ballet. Their joy and delight was so exuberant that many other audience members got up to dance with them, even some of the hoity toities in their finest 5th Avenue clothes. And everyone applauded.
So if you, like me, are getting discouraged by the haters and the pundits and those who like to regurgitate bad news over and over, please remember that there are a lot of really good people out there. People who do not feel the need to tell everyone else how to live but simply go out and show the world what love looks like.