Sometimes it is just a very pleasant experience to sit back and think of all the good people in your life. Seriously, just reflect on the family, friends, and the people that blur that line. Even people that you don’t consider “close” can surprise you. Last weekend was my daughter’s birthday, and today was our annual March For Babies with the March of Dimes. Between these two events, the outpouring of kindness from others has been unignorable.
We have received birthday wishes and gifts from friends all over, we have gotten donations for charity from people who have no reason to donate other than the fact they are just beautiful people, and we have gotten to celebrate with people that we are proud to know. I try not to take these things for granted. We all have heard the old saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” My daughter is growing up surrounded by an amazing village.
It is easy to get bogged down in negatives, and the 24 hour news cycle that loves its atrocities certainly helps with that. However, I encourage you to take toll of all the people that just make the world of you and your family a bit better. This is not a nominal thing. We want our kids to be the people that create those moments of happiness for others. Not for any ulterior motive, but just because those are the kind of people they are. The best way to show our kids how to be these people is to surround them with these people.
I don’t have a very strict definition of “good” people. There are a lot of ways to be good in this world, and there are a lot of ways to make the world a more endearing place. The word “good” is intentionally loose and subjective, because it’s up to you to figure out who is best for your family. However, once you figure that out, make those people part of your life. Let your kids learn from them… and maybe even feel free to learn a thing or two yourself.
Thank you to all the good people in the life of my little family. You are appreciated more than I think you could understand.