I've always been horrified by things I see on the news, and am one of those people who ends up being afraid of everything!
I hear the stories about the people who help, not just in big tragedies but in ones that only affect a small group of people - spreading the word, raising money, rushing into help, diving into fires, lifting cars, to help people they don't know from a bar of soap - and I've never thought to take the comfort I should be in that! There are so many helpers! I think that pretty much everyone I know would rush in and help! How wonderful is that!! I think I need to try and focus more on that. People are wonderful. Thinking this reminds me of a quote from Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign):
"I see so many good people everywhere - and there's so much of good in them. And the world is good. Wonderful things are happening in this world. This is the greatest age in the history of the earth. ...
We have every reason to be optimistic in this world. Tragedy is around, yes. Problems everywhere, yes. ... You can't, you don't, build out of pessimism or cynicism. You look with optimism, work with faith, and things happen ."
So that's what I'm trying to focus on - the 'good people everywhere'.
|Brisbane flood volunteers, Feb 2011|
|Firefighters, September 11 2001|
|Boston Marathon Bombings, 2013|
If my baby wasn't sick and crying I'm sure I could find hundreds more examples!! But I need to go :)
"Look for the helpers"!