Goodness needs a PR manager.
Let’s face it, all the bad things – all the evil things – get the best press. We rarely see a story prominently displayed on the big news sites about something nice someone did.
Even the good things we hear about are actions taken during a bad situation.
I could rationalize that it’s an evolutionary thing. We’re hard wired to need to know what dangers are out there to avoid them.
Bull dinkey! We’ve gone beyond that primal requirement to a salacious need for bad news.
Sure, if you’re Bill Gates or Mark Zukerberg, who give away gobs of money for good causes, you can catch some headlines.
The problem with goodness is that it is, by nature, not flashy. Most goodness manifests through lots of little things that go unnoticed, unheralded.
Goodness is offering a shopping cart to someone wandering around the grocery store with her arms full and looking frazzled.
Goodness is showing up as a volunteer at the local food bank – in July.
Goodness is giving a small child that extra quarter at the checkout line to make up for the tax he hadn’t figured in when making his purchase.
Goodness is, after a long, frustrating, bad day, smiling and a saying, “Hello. How are you today?” to someone who looks lonely.
One of my favorite Christmas songs is “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day.” This is the section I especially love:
And in despair I bowed my head.
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth goodwill to men.”
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep.
“God is not dead nor does He sleep.
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth goodwill to men.”
It’s true. Wrongdoing may get all the headlines, but goodness lives in every little thing.
During the darkest part of the year, I wish all of you the blessings and triumph of goodness.