The good in this world is like that beautiful bud hidden by the leaves and thorns of a rose bush plant. Yes, the beauty is there but sometimes you may have to look a little more to find it. Sometimes you have to get pricked on the finger and draw a little blood before you find the goodness you've been searching for...
What do I want to say to the world? That's one of the questions I asked students this week in their weekly journal prompt. He's what I want to say...
...there's so much goodness in the world. I see it every day but it isn't celebrated like it should be. I saw it a few days ago as a student gave up his free time to help with a project he had no ties to. This student could have kept walking by my classroom door, but when he saw the mountains of papers that needed to be folded and stapled, he walked right in and helped out. No questions asked. Goodness doesn't have to come in the form of helping hundreds or even thousands of people. Just helping that one person, and it only has to be one, can be a life changer. Recently, I listened to a TEDx talk about how we've made leadership be an almost unreachable cloud that only those who sit in an office or are famous can grasp. But, in reality, a leader can simply be one person who made a comment to you or helped you that changed your life. I think goodness can work the same way. Do good in this world.
...with goodness comes joy. The concept of joy has always baffled me because it is honestly undeniably cool. How does joy work and what is it? Joy is the feeling you get when you are genuinely happy to help someone out. Whatever it is that you are doing, if you are truly happy about it, that's joy! Recently, I struggled to stay on top of an ever growing to-do list. Between planning lessons for class, being a stellar wife, trying to stay in contact with dear friends (trust me, it's more difficult than you think) and raising two little girls, I was falling farther and farther behind, and it showed in my actions, attitude, and emotions. But I had one person seek me out and ask if they could help me. That was their joy! They genuinely wanted to help me. Consequently, their joy put good into the world. I learned a lot about myself in that moment. I struggle with allowing people to help me. I also learned that allowing people to help me makes me a more joyous individual. Additionally, I learned that if I didn't allow someone to help me, I was taking away their joy. Who am I to steal someone's joy? So let people help you. Don't steal their joy. If what you are doing (positivity is needed) brings you joy, you are also bringing goodness into the world. Let them put goodness into the world. It's a win, win!
I want to live in a world where positivity trumps negativity every day. Each of you has the opportunity to do good and experience joy. It's a choice you have to make. Be the goodness in the world. Find that pretty rose bud that is hidden, pull back the leaves and thorns, and let the world see it. Sometimes you will get nicked by a thorn, but never give up. It's there I assure you. Just look.