Good news doesn’t get as much attention as bad. We’re more apt to gawk at a car wreck than notice the planes successfully navigating the blue skies above. People doing bad things dominate the headlines, burying the good works of many. Good news is thrown in like a bonus, as if to say “Hey look, life ain’t all bad.” Even then, it’s usually a story about someone doing something good amid an otherwise tough situation.
The old saying “Misery loves company” remains alive and well in our world today, despite our protestations of love and equality for all mankind. I get it. Bad things happen to good people. Living ain’t for sugar cookies.
Back in the late 1970s, humorist Erma Bombeck wrote a bestseller entitled “If Life is a Bowl of Cherries What Am I Doing in the Pits?” The book is a collection of humorous anecdotes about family life back in those days. People reading Bombeck’s tales were often caught laughing out loud, even in public.
My late niece, Natalie, used to say “Life is better when you laugh.” She was right.
It’s far too easy to get mired in the murky swamps of darkness and lose sight of the many points of light. We enjoy the freedom to choose where we focus our eyes. We can stare at the gloom and doom around us, crying “Woe is me!” or we can choose to look at the thousand lights of love and laughter surrounding us.
It’s Monday. Which will you choose?
I encourage you to run toward the light, remembering to laugh along the way.
In light of atrocity and injustice, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. chose to standup against the status quo and become a voice for change. Dr. King’s legacy lives on today in the revolutionary progress made possible because of his willingness to give everything, including his life, so that everyone might experience our God-given, inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Equal opportunity in America and around the world is a monumental story that did not happen overnight, but came about after years of struggle and sacrifice. Dr. King gave his all, his life cut short by an assassin’s bullet nearly 50 years ago. But bullets did not silence Dr. King’s voice or evaporate his legacy.
It is clear, that we still have a lot of work to do. Much progress has been made. But there is still ample room to grow and plenty to fix. That’s evident in the divide that still exists between too many of us. Dr. King did not seek to divide us. Rather, Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to unite us. Dr. King worked tirelessly to bring us together regardless of our differences, striving to overcome inhumane judgments based on the color of one’s skin.
We will always have our differences. But let us not forget, you and I are more alike then we are different. Yes, we are unique individuals. God made us that way. We can respect our differences while celebrating our oneness. Hate, after all, does not conquer hate. Only love overcomes all.
Dr. King revolutionized the world with ideas, not violence. May we follow his example, as we lead future generations into a new tomorrow.