LOOKING AT THE BRIGHT SIDE
by Liz David
The tune came up on my iPod during my morning “constitutional.”
Always Look at the Bright Side of Life.
I love the tune.
I step in time to the music, and I sing along as I walk.
But, how is it possible to always look at the bright side…
When my sister-in-law Miriam, whom I’ve known since I was nine, died a few weeks ago after ten years in a nursing home?
When my friends are facing life-threatening obstacles?
When the world is so topsy-turvy?
When terrorists kill and maim the innocent almost every day?
When children, old folks, and thousands in between don’t have enough food?
When our presidential candidates have higher disapproval than approval ratings?
When, worst of all, the Red Sox lose to the L.A. Angels by a score of 21-2? I mean, really!
The saying “when you save a life, you save the world” is true.
So, as elders, we need to connect our heads and our hearts,
To encourage ourselves and others to do what we can when we can,
To reach out to the people around us,
To make a difference by modeling what it is to really live, every day, until we die,
To, hopefully, save the world.