A little perspective.

I should really be sleeping right now…

But, instead I’m searching.

Do you ever get into one of those moods where the world truly depresses you?

The news is full of stories of people killing each other, TV shows are preaching violence and immorality,  and the guy who you held the door open for didn’t even say “Thank you”.

It makes you wonder, “Is there any good left in the world?”

So then, you escape to  Pinterest,

aka: The Happy Place.

And after reading a page the quotes section, you are so inspired that you feel as though you can punch life right in the face.

I came across this:

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Blessed Pope John Paul II

Clearly, winner of hippest Pope ever.

It reminded me that, this man lived through one of the worst horrors that this world has ever seen: World War II.

And he survived.

He became a priest, and went onto become the 264th Pope of the Catholic Church.

He opened the doors of the Vatican and brought the Church to not only it’s members, but the whole world.

He visited 129 countries, and spoke 8 languages.

He is credited with the fall of Communism in Poland.

He forgave the man who attempted to assassinate him.

Seeing this man’s life makes me realize, the question cannot be “Is there any good left in the world?”

It has to be “Am I the good the world so desperately needs?”

Pope John Paul II, by all accounts, could have let this experience with violence and injustice during the war turn him into a bitter and despairing person. He could have turned his back on a world that seemed to have turn its back on him.

Instead, he went out, and made it a better place.

His life changed the world.

Can we say the same about our own lives?

Obviously, not everyone can find themselves in a position to topple Communism. Making the world a better place doesn’t have to be like that. Mostly, it is the little things that we do with love.

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote: “I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folks that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

So, open your heart to the world.

Do good, be happy, and inspire others.

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“There is no evil to be faced that Christ does not face with us. There is no enemy that Christ has not already conquered. There is no cross to bear that Christ has not already borne for us, and does not now bear with us.”

–Blessed John Paul II

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