May 3, 2017

True Generosity in an Angry World


I admit that I often shut off the television or radio when I hear angry, spiteful words targeted at those running our country. The division is great, and everyone has an opinion. The media is biased, riots run rampant, and the threat of war looms great. We live in a world where people are not afraid to shake their fists, or shout at each other, or share hurtful posts on their social network sites--reminding me of little children throwing tantrums when something doesn't turn out the way they want it to.


I wasn't raised that way. When I was young, if I threw a tantrum, I was quickly put in my place to know that there was no room in our family for such behavior. I was raised to be respectful of my parents, and my elders, and of those who held power in our government--even if they weren't the ones my folks voted to office. In school, I faced our flag each morning, and placed my hand to my heart to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. I knew that the peace we cherished in our family and in our country had been hard-earned and won, and that it truly meant something to be an American.

I believe in the Holy Trinity--God the Father; God the Son; and God the Holy Spirit.
And I believe that love and generosity begin in the home and pour outward to those you love and to those in need. 

Apparently, in this angry world we live in, there are others who believe this too.... In the last month, I have been the recipient of such generosity and kindness that it prompted the post I share with you now. 

Simple. Thoughtful. Kindness.


One afternoon I took our youngest daughter out for pizza after one of her college classes, only to learn before we finished that a kind gentleman had paid for our meals. Then last week, as I prepared to exit our local Walmart in a down-pouring rain, a young employee stood up from her chair and volunteered to help me get my bags to my car.
Such simple thoughtful gestures that mean so much.

So the next time I become disturbed by the news or rattled over something someone has said, I hope to remember to love one another and to be kind and to be generous.

Peace Matters
Peace in our Hearts, Peace in our Minds, and Peace in our Country and World.
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