I turned on the news this morning...
and I couldn’t believe my ears.

The magnitude of the events that happened over the last day could not be underestimated.  
It completely captured my attention and pulled me in.

I sat there, staring at the screen, numb and in disbelief
about all I was seeing and hearing. 

There were pictures of people on the screen.
Faces—headshots—of people.

And the reporters were talking about these people.

They were speculating what could have caused these people
to act in such ways.

“The world is changing,” one said.  “We just don’t know what to make of it.”

“What could all of this mean?” asked another.  “It really gives us pause.”

“We just don’t understand.  How could we have not seen this coming?

"There were so many signs, and we completely missed them.”

The commentary kept on going.  The reporters were speculating, speaking, discussing
all these events that they’d witnessed. 

I sat, totally engrossed.  What on earth was this world coming to?

“This man is wanted in our community today.”  The man’s face flashed up on the screen.

“We’re showing a possible visual description of him.  The lady who he helped has asked him to be publicly thanked.”

“That’s right, folks.  This man is wanted, in great gratitude, after he stopped traffic so that a woman could cross the street today.”

The woman’s bright face ignited the TV screen.  “I just couldn’t believe how kind he was,” she beamed.  “It’s so wonderful to know that there are people like him in this world.”

“It’s wonderful indeed,” the news reporter commented.

As I watched the rest of the broadcast, I couldn’t believe my eyes. 

Here was a person who had visited a nursing home and had brightened the lives of all the residents there.  “We love when he comes!  He makes all of us feel so valued!”  one of the residents said, beaming.

Here was another person who had brought food to the house of someone in their neighborhood after the death of a family member.  “I’m so grateful for such wonderful neighbors,” the grieving person choked out, with a smile.

Here was a girl who had reminded her friend that she cared for her even after her friend was being bullied in school.  “It’s amazing to know that someone cares so much about me.  I’m so grateful for her,” said the bullied friend.

And it just kept on. 

A person who had worked through years of trauma and was beginning to understand how deep their own love could be for themselves. 

A person who paid someone’s bill at the grocery store. 

A person who made a difference to their colleagues each day at their job, showing up to work and helping the entire operation run so much more smoothly. 

People whose gifts of music, art, dance, science, organization, and any other form of expression lit up the world. 

People who found forgiveness after being deeply hurt by a loved one or by a stranger. 

People who said something loving to each homeless person they passed on the street.

People who comforted and loved others who were grieving over the loss of their loved ones.

People who reached out to others in pain and reminded them of their inherent goodness.

People who reminded others that so much pain in this world simply stems from a perceived lack of love.

And then! 
It just kept on!

Organizations that were cleaning up the earth.

Organizations that were directly helping those most in need and offering them the education and care that was really making a difference.

Organizations that were doing big and small things throughout the world so that we could all live in greater peace, love, and harmony with each other.

By the end of this hour-long morning news broadcast, I was flying high. 

“There’s so much good in the world!” I said to myself. 
“There’s enough love to go around for everyone!

“And even for those who don’t believe it and act out in less healthy ways, there’s still enough love for them, and enough love to heal us all.  Isn’t it amazing?!”

The screen switched back to the reporters.

“Ever since we decided to report on news from a place of deep compassion, we just can’t believe how good the world really is!” said one.

“Sure, there are people who haven’t learned how to love themselves yet.  But we understand now that they are the ones who need the most love.  They don’t need shaming.  They don’t need extra attention from us for acting out in less healthy ways.  They just need love.”

“Most of all, they need to learn of and understand that love that is deep within them, always has been, and always will be.  And if they act in unhealthy ways, they’re only seeking love in the ways they understand how to.”

“So we don’t report from a place of powerlessness anymore,” continued the reporter.  “We know how deep our power runs.” 

“We don’t keep asking, ‘Why do these things keep happening?’  Because we know why.” 

“People are simply seeking love, in the ways they know how.  And sometimes, they’ve learned to seek love by creating drama and tragedy.  But we know those are less healthy ways.  And so we don’t give attention to that anymore in the ways we used to.  Instead, when we talk about tragedy, we simply send love to all involved, and keep up our commitments to acting in loving ways, in the best ways we can. And we remind everyone of their own power to do the same. “

“That includes each of us loving all those parts of ourselves that may be hurting right now.” 

 “Sometimes tragedy affects us directly.  And sometimes it triggers those parts deep inside ourselves that are calling out to us to love them and accept them so that they can really heal.” 

“One of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is to know that we can love and accept ourselves exactly as we are.  We can know that even when we're hurting inside, the deepest truth within all of us is pure love.  And, as we’ve seen on the news today, we all have an overwhelming outpouring of love within ourselves—not only to give to others, but to give in multitudes to our own hearts!  How amazing is that?!”

I turned on the news this morning...
and I couldn’t believe my ears!

The magnitude of the events that happened over the last day could not be underestimated!  
It completely captured my attention and pulled me in!

I sat there, staring at the screen, numb and in disbelief
about all I was seeing and hearing! 

There were pictures of people on the screen.
Faces—headshots—of people!

And the reporters were talking about these people.  
They were speculating what could have caused these people to act in such ways!

“The world is changing,” one said.  “We just don’t know what to make of it!”

“What could all of this mean?” asked another.  “It really gives us peace!”

“We just don’t understand!  How could we have not seen all this goodness that happens each and every day, in big ways and small?”

“There were so many signs, and we completely missed them!”

The commentary kept on going.  The reporters were speculating, speaking, discussing all of these amazing, loving, and compassionate events that they’d witnessed! 

I sat, totally engrossed and in awe.  My heart was filled with love, peace, and exhilaration.  What on earth was this world finally coming to?!
 

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