As I turn on the international, national, and even local news every morning, I hold my breath and hope for the best. I think to myself, "maybe today the lead story will be something uplifting, something inspiring, or at the very least, something not heartbreaking. Unfortunately, holding my breath and hoping for the best rarely work.
Two weeks ago I found this on my desk.
I knew after reading the first sentence that these words didn't belong to the seven-year-old who wrote them (second graders rarely use the phrase "in which"), but the fact that Hallie took the time to put them down on paper - as her brother dictated them to her, none-the-less - indicated they had touched her deeply. She too is looking for news of something uplifting, something inspiring, or at the very least, something not heartbreaking.
A couple of years back I started making my New Year's resolutions in August/September rather than January. So while this isn't a resolutions post and Jim Davis' words don't constitute a New Year's resolution, they do provide a pretty solid foundation on which to build a heartwarming 2017.
I think this world would be a nicer place in which to live:
If countries could settle their differences without hurting anybody.
If everyone smiled at even people they didn't know.
If nobody had to steal.
If people laughed more.
If everyone fed their cats all the lasagna they could eat.
If we all were kind to others.
If everyone could read and write.
If families talked more.
If friends hugged more.
If everyone stopped at least once a week to stroke a cat.
After all, we're all in this together.