Sometimes it takes the small things in life to remind you that there is good in the world. With all the wars going on and the terrible things you see on the news, you often forget that there are people out there who are genuine, thoughtful and kind.
Today, I had to drive my oldest daughter Alisha to Kindergarten and it was pouring down with rain. The kids and I were soaked with water as we left the house and the car ride there was horrific; street lights were out and I could hardly see a thing. But as I ran to class with my daughters, the mother of another student offered to help carry my youngest as she unstrapped her son, so that I could run inside with Alisha. With me already being 37 weeks pregnant, it was such a weight lifted off my shoulders, both literally and figuratively.
To some, this gesture would not have meant much. But to me, it meant a lot. When you reach your hand out to someone, whether it be through a small or large gesture, you could be doing more for them than you realise. Sometimes what we do for someone does not mean much to us, but it could mean brightening up their day and putting a smile on their face.
And the important thing to realise is, although it feels as though these types of kind-hearted people are few and far between, we should definitely try to appreciate them as they are what is RIGHT with the world. Although it can be hard to ignore all the wrong that surrounds us, it’s also hard not to see all that is good. You could easily turn on the news and be selective in what you see, or you could open your eyes and see all the stories that illuminate the beauty that is in the world. The stories about the heroes who save a family from a burning house, the man who jumps into the water to save a drowning girl, the child who gives his mother CPR to save her life; such stories reinforce our faith in humanity and in everyday human kindness.
And it’s stories like these that make us realise that the world ISN’T full of bad people. We may not be able to stop every crime committed in the world nor rid the world of hate, but we can appreciate all the beauty that the world DOES have to offer. If we were to judge others based purely on the horrible people or things we’ve known before, we would be depriving ourselves of what good there IS in this world. And if you try to look beneath the surface, you too, will see the good as well.
Thuy Le (formerly known as Thuy Yau) is a freelance writer and Youth Work graduate living in Perth, Australia. She loves to share her own personal experiences about overcoming adversity, as she believes that human beings are more capable than they realise. She writes to make a positive difference in the world and to inspire others to learn from themselves and their own experiences. Her writing has been discussed on radio, won writing contests, appeared on The Huffington Post UK and major Australian sites such as news.com.au, SMH, Kidspot and Essential Kids. She is currently writing her first book.