It never ceases to amaze me how big the hearts of those living in this community can be. Tough times have not stopped hundreds of local families from giving to their friends and neighbors and those they have never met, throughout this holiday season.
The Lake Stevens community has dropped off hundreds of gifts to the Lake Stevens Family Center, donated food items at schools, churches and social events in an effort to help fill the shelves at the Lake Stevens Food Bank, we have donated shoes and clothing by the bag full for kids and families living in homeless shelters and thousands of dollars have been given to help ensure that everyone has food for Christmas and a gift or two to unwrap.
It seems, however, that the holiday spirit hasn’t penetrated the hearts of everyone. Unhappy shoppers, cranky consumers and cantankerous drivers are out there sabotaging the Christmas spirit that others are trying to hold on to.
It seems that no matter the situation, there are people who can only see the bad in their world, even going out of their way to find it at times.
I have felt it in my own life and I can see it in others everyday—when you are feeling down or a little grouchy (for some that seems to be all of the time) look outside of yourself and do something for someone else.
It doesn’t have to cost anything; it can simply be looking for the good in someone or performing a small act of kindness. These simple things can change a person’s day, and sometimes even a person’s life.
Do we really need to have ghosts from our past, present and future visit during the night to show us how our attitude can affect the person we become?
Looking for good in people, our community, our country and our world and then jumping in to help can make bigger changes in the world than constantly complaining about things.
Put your time and money where your mouth is and be a part of the solution you are looking for instead of complaining about the problems you see. Take a couple of weeks off from the griping and let’s truly see if we can create a little ‘Peace on Earth.’
Merry Christmas and a happier, healthier New Year!