Beautiful on the Inside

Shifting Our Perspective

My youngest son (Gabe) asked me, “Mom, are there a lot more bad people than good people today?”I said, “You know what? I think there are still a lot of good people that are trying their best every day. There will always be a few bad apples that make it difficult, but for the most part, most people are good.”

This is in light of another terrible and most unfortunate event where innocent people were killed in Texas this past Sunday. My heart goes out to their families and friends.

As our prayers and thoughts turn to those that have been affected by horrible events, I hope our perspectives can shift. I hope we come away from this with a stronger desire to be more patient with one another. I hope we have a desire to not be offended so easily and try harder to forgive more quickly. I hope we have a desire to be more self-aware and have more empathy for one another. I hope we desire and pray to have more charity in our hearts. For charity is the true definition of pure love which can conquer all!

We can’t control other people, no matter how hard we try, but we can control who we are and how we can be an example to others. I’ve always said and will always believe our actions always speak louder than our words.

Holidays come and go. I know it seems easier to feel the sweet spirit of serving during this time of year. I hope we can choose to continue to keep that spirit of service throughout our lives regardless of the season.

Maya Angelou said it beautifully, “My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.”





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  • Allison d
    November 7, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Thank you for your encouragement, Melessa. I love the wisdom and eloquence of Maya Angelou’s charge.

    • Melessa
      November 7, 2017 at 2:35 pm

      I love Maya’s wisdom too!

  • Lillian
    November 7, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Love that quote!!! That’s what we should be working for!

  • Melessa
    November 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    I agree! If that was everyone’s goal, this world would defiantly be a much better place. It seems so simple, doesn’t it?

  • Amy
    November 7, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Such a great quote. Sometimes continuing feels like the hardest thing.

  • Elane Fae Teasdale
    November 8, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Here is to perspective!! Important, but hard to change. It makes the difference in every moment of our lives.

  • Jana
    November 8, 2017 at 11:02 am

    That was a wonderful answer to Gabe’s question.

  • Barb
    November 9, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I cannot control other people. I can control how I respond to events and how I can help others. Great advice.

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