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Along Abbey Road | A Lifestyle And Family Blog : Goodness Begins With Me

4.16.2013

Goodness Begins With Me


This past weekend I attended the funeral for my sister-in-law's father. The evening of the funeral, our family solemnly received the news that a family friend had also been taken from this world. Then not 72 hours later, tragedy struck in Boston. To say my heart is heavy is a bit of an understatement. From my corner of life, the world is a sad, sad place right now.

But then I got to thinking. 

The funeral was a celebration of an exemplary man's short, but beautiful and wonderfully cherished life. I left it wanting to be a beacon of gladness and joy in this mad, crazy planet like he did. He stared adversity in the face and made the most of every situation, even when it literally could not get any worse.

Instead of being overcome with darkness, I know all of the people that have passed on would want everyone to search for the good in the world, and spread it once it has been found.

If I can't grasp an understanding of why people are taken from this earth, and why people destroy the sanctity of human life, what I can do is love more fully, more deeply, and be a better friend to kin and strangers alike. We are all in this together. From the stranger next to us in line in the grocery store, to your very best friend. That random individual walking past looking solemn and somber is the child, sibling, spouse, and friend to someone who deeply cares for their perils and struggles in life, so why can't I? Even if it is just a meek, but warm smile that says, "I care about you, I love you and I want you to find happiness."

Goodness begins with me. If I want to help the world engulf hatred with love and swallow up chaos with peace, I will slowly be the change, one small smile at a time.

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12 Comments:

At April 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM , Blogger Megan Colwell said...

Deep.
I focus on "without darkness we couldn't see the stars"

Stay strong.

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At April 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM , Blogger Sarah Mc. said...

"Goodness begins with me." I love that thought. I pray peace for your heavy heart today!

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At April 16, 2013 at 10:36 AM , Blogger Hanna said...

I'm so sorry you had such a rough weekend! This was lovely to read. And you are right, it does start with each and every one of us.

 
At April 16, 2013 at 10:48 AM , Blogger Michelle F. said...

Your post literally brought tears to my eyes. Shine on my friend.
~ XOXO Michelle

 
At April 16, 2013 at 10:59 AM , Blogger Erin Reissig said...

Such a great post for today. Thanks for sharing. Keeping you and your's in my prayers.

 
At April 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM , Blogger Ashley Rizzardo said...

This is such a beautiful post.

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At April 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM , Blogger Stacey said...

Beautifully written post, Abbey. I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying for you & your family, for Boston, and for our entire nation.

 
At April 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM , Blogger Libby said...

Agreed, this was wonderful to read. I believe that we can all strive to make, at least our little corner of the world a better place. We cannot let evil consume us .

 
At April 16, 2013 at 9:30 PM , Blogger Kelly T said...

Wow, this not only beautifully written, but also a reminder to be the change we wish to see...

//Birdie Shoots//

 
At April 16, 2013 at 10:09 PM , Anonymous Jessica said...

So, so true. Thanks for the reminder!

 
At April 16, 2013 at 11:09 PM , Blogger JanM ā™„ said...

Very well said Abbey.

xo,
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At April 18, 2013 at 8:48 AM , Blogger christina said...

such a lovely post...

 

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