Snipers, warnings of terrorism, teenage abductions, robberies, favorite candidates losing the election - isn't there any good news, we ask?
Good things do happen, if we pay attention in our day-to-day schedules. No longer can we take them for granted; we must savor them and think maybe things aren't so bad after all.
I want to share some examples that, perhaps five years ago, I wouldn't have noticed, but I do now in the daily search for good:
In our conversation the young woman offered a loaf of homemade bread she had just taken from the oven. She explained that she was focusing on whole grain baking and improved nutrition for her little brood. Not only had she made the bread from scratch, but she had ground the wheat into flour. Wow, I thought, as I sliced the warm, fragrant bread, and with some reluctance shared it with a friend.
Children and grandchildren came to their rescues, in most cases driving many miles to help. For the man, the young women prepared a freezer full of single serving meals and desserts and gave tips on ironing. For the woman, home repairs that had gone undone during her husband's illness were fixed.
I was wrong! They listened intently and asked questions that their speaker didn't always have the answer to.
On a shopping trip to USA Baby, Janet and I got into a conversation about cats and I am sure that I said I don't know what I am going to do with the cat I took in. I have asked many people and no one wants a cat, let alone a female.
On a return stop to the store, which Janet and her husband, Jim, own, she began asking questions about the cat and admitted that she and Jim were thinking about a second cat. Lo and behold, they wanted a female.
“We'll take it, “ Janet said.