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Remember the Goodness

Mirror“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Gandhi

An unexpected tragedy – like the rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School – may initially throw you into shock.  Then sadness, depression, anger, hopelessness, and despair may invade your being.  These strong emotions may shroud you like a cloud and be difficult to shake.

Please, don’t lose heart.  As an antidote, remember all the goodness in this world.  It’s not healthy to suppress your feelings.  Let them rise and naturally release.  But, as a counterbalance, try to remember the goodness too.

Our mind is like a mirror that reflects whatever we focus upon.  If you feel enclosed by darkness, bring in some light.

This story tells of a team of golden retrievers who made an 800-mile journey to comfort the children of Newtown. These comfort dogs and their handlers remind me of all the love, care, and goodness that exists in our world.

Remember the goodness.  Let the goodness gradually mend your heart.

Have you seen goodness in the world of late?  I would love to hear about it!

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Photo:  Lutheran Church Charities photo / December 16, 2012



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Best of Always Well Within 2012


  1. Radiate the goodness.


  2. jean sampson

    Hi Sandra. YES! There IS so much goodness and it is all around and within each of us. We have such a short while to be on this earth—–wouldn’t it be a shame if we only saw the awful, painful stuff and missed the beautiful clouds right above our heads? One of my most beautiful 20 minutes took place a month or so ago. I was going into a local bagel place to get my husband and me some dinner, when I happened to turn around to see the most BEAUTIFUL sunset I have ever seen in my life! Light and color and interesting clouds everywhere in a huge sky. I might have missed the entire thing if I hadn’t turned around for a second to see if I needed to hold the door for anyone. Well, I stood there at the door looking at this ever- evolving sunset for, probably 20 minutes! I looked at every color and imagined painting it, comparing each blue with every other blue that I saw. The same with the oranges and the reds and yellows! The grays were equally important. It was totally engaging and I didn’t think about anything else but the beauty before my eyes. I noticed people getting out of their cars, turning around and looking up, probably because they wanted to see what I was looking at. I just could not stop looking! So, no matter what is going on in my life, stressful, painful, sad, or even wonderful, I count on life providing SOMETHING GOOD to bring me into the beauty and goodness that is right there within sight or touch or hearing. And it is so good for us to remind one-another about the goodness every once-in-awhile, because we ALL tend to get bogged down in the sticky icky stuff and forget that that is NOT all there is! Thanks and hugs to you! 🙂

    • Sounds gorgeous, Jean. This is an important point: “…we ALL tend to get bogged down in the sticky icky stuff.” And that’s all the little – even tiny – things that occur in the day not just the big ones, which understandably have a major impact. It’s so easy to get mired in the little sticky icky stuff! Thank you for this reminder!

  3. Hi Sandra,
    I often find myself remembering the first verse, of the Eight Verses of Training the Mind -“Cultivate the view that all beings are extremely kind”- it helps me when I feel down and sad. Love, Mimi

    • Mimi,

      The 8 Verses are coming to my mind often too. This is a great practice for when we feel sad or down. I admire your diligence as it’s not an easy practice to master. All my love to you and best wishes for the holiday and New Year!

  4. So true Sandra. I love the Gandhi quote at the beginning of your post. Yes, this World does have some bad seeds but collectively mankind has way too many good seeds to let the bad seeds carry on for long.

    Take care.

    • Gandhi truly had a clear and spectacular vision. Ultimately, the bad seeds have goodness within too if we can only help them discover it.

  5. It’s easy to dwell on the sad if we allow ourselves to consume the nonstop drama-driven news. When I turn off the media and connect with people, I discover so much love and kindness.

    Last night at a holiday party, one friend shared that she’s leaving town today to spend Christmas at a dog shelter in Utah comforting rescue dogs. Another friend told us that her adult daughter spends Christmas mornings helping to serve food to the homeless in Los Angeles. Another friend disclosed that she leaves random notes of love and appreciation in coffee shops and other public places.

    No matter what the news tries to make us believe, there is more good than evil in this world. It’s all around us. We just have to look for it and savor it when we find it.

    • Hi Flora,

      That’s a really good point and I did wonder about adding “turn off the news” to this post! These are beautiful stories and how wonderful that you encountered so many at one party! So encouraging! Thanks for sharing these stories with us.

  6. Remembering that there is still good in the world and in the people around us means remembering that we have the will to live and to love in ourselves, something that is much more visceral than belief. As long as we have breath, we have that life force in us that wants to keep on keeping on, to keep on connecting–and others have this, too. Events such as Sandy Hook are so jarring, so tragic–yet we keep breathing, even the families of those killed, we feel so alone but we keep breathing, and each breath brings us closer back to remembering that we are not simply alone, but in a collective of the majority who are also alone, yet breathing, willing to live, willing to love. Then it becomes possible to step back a bit, to realize the vastness of the numbers of those who are not bent on destruction and mayhem–visualize the sheer numbers of us, and there you’ll see the most amazing beauty, the billions upon billions of solitary individuals who are also the billions upon billions of individuals with the same urgency to breathe, to live, to love–and it is that way by design, almost like a wordless song.

    • What an amazing proclamation for all of us, Meg! I feel so moved by the force of your words. Loving, living, breathing together regardless of what our minds try to tell us from time to time. Tune in to the beauty of wordless song! I’m with you.

  7. Thank you for this post, Sandra… the last couple of weeks have felt so dark, not only with the news from Newtown but from other places in the world where there is so much violence — Pakistan, Israel, and here in the U.S., Chicago.

    What always amazes me is the human capacity for empathy and compassion… which might be another way of saying “goodness.” I’ve been moved to see how people are stepping up to support those in Newtown who lost their children or have been affected by the shootings there.

    Today, I saw a photo of the general store in Newtown (and I used to live there in the 1980s so I remember that store well!) and there was a basket of candy and fruit with a sign that said it had been donated by citizens from another town (can’t remember where), for the children of Newtown. And then I saw a photo of dozens of motorcyclists who had come to Newtown to form a human blockade to stop the very misguided folks from the Westboro “Baptist Church” from doing their hateful protest at the funerals.

    There are thousands of ways humans show up for other humans when the pain and suffering is great… and in that simple fact, I find great goodness and comfort.

    • Maia,

      It must really hard to know these shootings happened in a town where you have lived. I think this capacity for empathy and compassion is really central to our being and it’s so important to encourage it wherever it is alive. Thank you for these stories. I’m glad you find these actions comforting. I do too.

      Everything comes about due to complex causes and conditions so it’s difficult to ever trace back to the ‘why’ but we can do our best to apply empathy and compassion now. This is not an entirely easy world. We may lose heart from time to time, but we can encourage each other too. Thanks for your thoughts and stories.

  8. Oh, there’s definitely an inexplicable, invisible, positive magic just about everywhere. I love this time of year. We have a number of patients with chronic conditions that involve pain. The increased level of simple acts like more people smiling, and listening to their complaints with a bit of extra sensitivity, helps them function at a higher level without reliance on taking as many pain medications. I can’t quantify how much it improves outcomes, but there’s no denying the reduction in drugs we are asked to provide.

    There’s even terrific stuff on TV, if you have that habit. News must mostly be negative by design. Nobody tunes to the news to find stories about places where nothing went wrong today. As an antidote to news, there are always deeply inspiring films and even series if you know where to look for them. I’ve been watching a show on PBS about a female Postmaster during Victorian times called Lark Rise to Candleford. Every episode concerns moral choices faced by citizens who have next to no money or posessions. It’s amazing. And on Tuesday, my favorite series, Doctor Who will feature a Christmas Special where he must overcome depression and his own darkness caused by the loss of his latest companions. The Doctor has become Ebeneezer Scrooge! I can’t wait to see how his spirit will be redeemed and changed.

    • That’s an amazing story about your patients, Mike. It really shows how much power our actions have to help others even to the point of reducing pain. That’s so wonderful.

      You are making me want to go out and buy a t.v.:) Those shows sound great!

  9. Dearest Sandra,

    There’s definitely good in this world, or how would it survive? In our culture, we believe that it is the good karma of people – and – the karma of good people that protect all that is not good. I have such wonderful experiences of goodness. I’ve seen it in our community where people just rush in to help a family in distress.

    We make it a regular practice to give in cash and kind and do not wait for an occasion. God knows there are countless people in need. I try my best to do what I can in my own community to support the welfare homes. And it is very gratifying to know that when we share the existence of the home with others, they too come forward to do their bit.

    There is one “organization” that performs the service of collecting used things (clothes, toys, utensils and just about anything) and segregates them age-wise and based on the need, redistributes them to the homes registered with them.

    Yes, there’s lots of good indeed! Sometimes we only have to look. Merry Christmas to you, Sandra! Love, Vidya

    • Dearest Vidya,

      I’m amazed the whole culture of India embraces the idea of karma, which is rather foreign here in the West. Perhaps made more “popular” in recent years, but not necessarily well understood. I’m grateful for all the goodness you describe and I know you have an incredibly kind heart. You’re right, how would the world go on if it weren’t for the goodness?

  10. What an important message for us all to share. I loved the story and video about the comfort dogs. I lost my dog this year, and I know you recently lost your cat, so these animal stories are even more touching. I’ve gotten several messages and phone calls today from friends reaching out to say Merry Christmas. Some of these folks I rarely hear from, but today they thought about me enough to contact me. It meant a lot. Several intuitive types have commented on a shift in energy towards the positive. So many people smiled at me today. Your observation about seeing a mirror reflection of ourselves reminded me of an Anais Nin quote–We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are. So, to paraphrase Gandhi, I hope we can all be the goodness we want to see. Blessings to you, my friend.

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