Monday, June 7, 2010

Trying to stay positive in today's world

I find that now days, it is harder and harder to be positive in daily life. I look into the mirror every day and thank God for my wonderful husband, my healthy kids, a roof over my head and a happy life. My husband has a job in this economy which is a feat especially in NW Ohio. All is great right? Wrong.

I turn on the TV and the first 5 stories are about rapes, shootings, murders or any combination of the three. Now recently the tornadoes that just destroyed lives, farms, schools, etc. I think to myself "I know I am happy, lucky and blessed, but really when are things ever going to be peaceful. Truthfully, the answer will be never. While I understand this fact, I constantly grapple with one return question~Why?

The majority of the news related issues people have control of (minus the weather). I am constantly thinking that this is not the world that I want my children to be raised in. I wish people would understand the damage that they are doing to all of us. I refuse to let my children watch the news because of the horrible things that I would have to explain. I realize that they are going to have to realize what goes on in the world but I feel at 6 and 3~that's a little too young.

When did it become a thought in our youth that it is ok to shoot someone over a pair of shoes? or kill someone over a fight at a sporting event? or violate another human being because THEY want to have control of something? How do we stop this? I would like to lock my children in a closet to save them from all of this senseless violence.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could turn on the news and a feature story be about people helping each other. Wouldn't it be nice to say that there has to be a balance for every bad story you have to have at least one good story?

When asked what is going on in our community or world, I really couldn't tell you. To maintain my peace of mind I really choose not to watch or listen. At the end of the day, I wonder if this is a good choice or bad.