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MANN: I want to believe most people are good

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November 29, 2018 - 12:00 PM

OPINION


Three days ago, my husband and I drove off from our home with our son’s winter boots sitting on the trunk. I won’t tell you who was at fault.

I wasn’t aware we had lost them until I received a text a few hours into work, letting me know the boots were nowhere to be found.

After returning to the scene of the crime, it was concluded that we were never getting the boots back.

They had gone to that mysterious place with all the socks without a matching pair and all the mittens you have to keep replacing when you have kids because they keep going missing.

The realization had set in that we were just going to have to open our wallets and head out boot shopping.

But the next day something interesting happened.

I was thumbing through my Twitter account, and came across a tweet — a photo of a cute pair of children’s boots — someone had found them near my house, had decided to pick them up, and was searching for the owner.

It was one of those right time, right place kind of stories.

Long story short, my son got his boots back.

There’s a newer song by Luke Bryant, a country singer. It’s called, ‘Most People Are Good.’

There are two lines in particular that really resonate with me every time I listen to it (and I’ve listened to it a lot).

I promise this relates to my boot story.
 
I believe this world ain't half as bad as it looks

I believe most people are good

It’s really easy to see the bad, the scary and the uncontrollable in this world, especially now when we are so tightly connected, online and influenced by a continuous stream of information — much of it contradictory and biased.

The stories we read seem to be rarely positive, and even when you do find a gem amongst the rubble, there’s always a more sensational story or a volatile comment section, waiting in the wings.

It’s easy to believe the world is full of liars, cheaters and the worst of the worst.

It can be hard to build friendships without scepticism, difficult to trust strangers with anything, and on some occasions, it can be impossible to live your own life, and feel truly safe.

But, the good thing is, when you lift the veil of uncertainly, start stepping out and taking a few risks, and see MOST people for what they truly are, you can find a place where you find a little faith in the world again.

My son was able to toddle around in his boots today because someone made the conscious efforts to be a good person, and help someone else out,

You see, for every good story, it seems like there are 10 bad ones — upsetting, crippling, makes you question the fate of humankind kind of bad stories. But the truth of the matter is, even if you can’t see it, for every bad story, there are 1,000 good ones.

— Becky is a 30-something, red haired, mother of two, trying to navigate this life as best she can. She enjoys talking to people and discovering their stories. Still trying to balance her personal and professional life, she juggles work and play. In her spare time Becky can be found visiting with friends, spending time with her famiy and saving time by reading while walking.


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