This world is filled with so much grief and corruption. You turn on the news and are overwhelmed with school shootings and natural disasters. It’s so easy to become so bogged down that you believe that there is nothing good, that you no longer see the good in humanity, that you want this world to end—but that is when you need to take a step back, take a deep breath, turn off the TV, and sniff the flowers.
Life, a gift from our Creator. We get to see vibrant colors, trees, stars, flowers. We get to hear the strings of the violin or the songs of birds. Touch the softness of a blanket or taste the sweetness of cheesecake. There is so much that we get to experience and create.
But not only do we get to enjoy and explore this world, but even in the disasters of life—there is good.
It was amazing after the Joplin tornado seeing how people rushed to the city’s aid. How neighbors helped dig each other out of the rubble or search for missing belongings. And not just how a community helped each other out, but how people from states and countries away aided this town in Missouri to piece their lives back together. It was amazing seeing someone with a Colorado license plate helping to pick up splintered timber, or hearing stories of countries an ocean away giving donations to help the people of Joplin.
Horror gripped the heart of the World War I soldier as he saw his lifelong friend fall in battle. Caught in a trench with continuous gunfire whizzing over his head, the soldier asked his lieutenant if he might go out into the “No Man’s Land” between the trenches to bring his fallen comrade back.
“You can go,” said the Lieutenant, “but I don’t think it will be worth it. Your friend is probably dead and you may throw your own life away.” The Lieutenant’s words didn’t matter, and the soldier went anyway.
Miraculously he managed to reach his friend, hoist him onto his shoulder, and bring him back to their company’s trench. As the two of them tumbled in together to the bottom of the trench, the officer checked the wounded soldier, then looked kindly at his friend. “I told you it wouldn’t be worth it,” he said. “Your friend is dead, and you are mortally wounded.”
“It was worth it, though, sir,” the soldier said.
“How do you mean, worth it?’ ” responded the Lieutenant. “Your friend is dead!”
“Yes sir,” the private answered. “But it was worth it because when I got to him, he was still alive, and I had the satisfaction of hearing him say, `Jim, I knew you’d come.'”
From This Little Light of Mine from A Cup of Chicken Soup for the Soul Copyright 1996 by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen & Barry Spilchuk
Even in the heart of a disaster or the horrors of war, there is good.
No, I’m not saying that you should become ignorant and ignore everything bad in your life. Yes we need to know what is going on in our world and understand that there is immorality, but sometimes we get so overwhelmed with the evil, that we no longer see the good. I mean, in an ordinary day, do you usually remember the good things that happened in it, or the bad?
There is still good is this world. So the next time that you feel trapped in the corruption of life—stop. Take a moment to take a deep breath, and smell the flowers.