Monday, April 18, 2011

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

In a perfect world, only the good would exist. But this world isn't perfect, so unfortunately, along with the good comes the bad and the ugly. It's just the way it is. Well, I'm a believer of the good. A firm believer. Like all movies and books that depict how good ultimately conquers evil, I'm one that believes good will one day overpower evil.

And I look forward to that day.

I also think small acts of kindness can have a far-reaching rippling effect in this world--like that of a rock thrown into a pond. A girl I knew in high school will always be a great example, even proof, of that fact. She was beautiful and popular, and it wasn't until I spent time with her that I realized it wasn't her beauty that made her popular. It was her kindness.

She went out of her way to say hi to people, and coupled with that hi was always a compliment. "Hey, cute shirt!" "I love your hair today!" "Great job on the _____ test!" Whatever it was, she always had something nice to say. Something genuine.

And THAT is why people loved her. She made them feel better about themselves, happier--a happiness that would then transfer onto others. Hence the rippling effect.

Likewise, bad and ugly things can ripple, too. Negativity and cruelty drags people down. It has the power to hurt, maim, disintegrate. It does NO good--not in any environment, be it work, home, school, or writing. I'd like to say that I've never said or done anything mean to anyone, but unfortunately, that's not true. Over the years, though, I have come to realize that finding and pointing out the good in others is what makes me the happiest.

So my challenge to you is this: For one week, only say positive things to your family, coworkers, friends, children, etc. I guarantee that it will not only make them happier and better people, but it will make you a better and happier person.

And by so doing, you will conquer a little bit of the bad and ugly in this world.


  1. I would LOVE to take that challenge!

  2. Snark is my default setting and it disappoints me that I have to think about being kind rather than making automatically making a smart remark.

  3. This is probably the loveliest post I have ever read on a blog! I have always been a positive person, one who always tries to look on the bright side and I rarely meet anyone I don't get on with.
    I just wish that more people would ponder the good things in life and make more of an effort to make themselves, and others, happy.
    Have you seen the film, Pay It Forward? Your post reminded me of that.
    Thank you for brightening my day even more!!
    btw. once I've finally bought my kindle, I'm definitely buying your books. They sound fabulous and the covers? The covers are just gorgeous!
    Happy Easter!

  4. PS. I love your blog, so I've added it to my author blog list!

  5. I was just thinking about this the other day. Well said.

  6. I love what you wrote AND I will take your challenge!!

  7. What a great post and idea! I love stopping by to see the great things you are writing about! I've nominated you for a blog award