Last week I noticed several times how the internet and facebook are clogged with angry soapboxes. I see people taking a stand all over the place against what is unfair. I'm not usually a devoted internet or facebook surfer, but I got sucked into reading a bunch of posts on a controversial topic last week and after about forty-five minutes I wanted to clean my brain out with a jumbo sized Q-tip and some bleach. Of course everyone has an argument and most people are capable of making pretty good points, but is all the blither blather necessary? Where are all the doers? By the time I closed my browser I was in desperate need of some sunshine.
And then I stumbled across an article written by a young mother who recently brought Christmas to a family in need. She and her children decided on their own accord to spend an entire day buying and wrapping gifts, and the great thing about the article was that it wasn't part of anyone's "help the needy" program. They know the family, they know their situation is financially bleak this Christmas, and so they acted accordingly. I read and re-read the article multiple times because compared to everything else out there, it radiated goodness. It reminded me that there are everyday Joes out there who are more interested in doing than complaining. They are more interested in quietly, anonymously going about improving the world instead of critiquing it.
Something in me started to thaw after I read that article, to the point that my mood noticeably improved and every part of me perked up, the wag returned to the tail. The terribleness of what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary school won't be forgotten, and like many of you I suspect those twenty little children will linger in the back of my thoughts for a long time. But the other controversies, the online blither blather has been pushed to the sides. Angry talk doesn't matter, and I'm back to focusing on what does.