ROSE NOLEN: Ugliness in the world? I'd rather not talk about it

Friday, May 30, 2014 | 5:21 p.m. CDT; updated 11:35 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 3, 2014

A friend left for her vacation today. She’s going abroad this year. She will be visiting France.

She is a great traveler. She always going to exciting places. She brings back a lot of photos, which she shares with the friends she left behind. I look forward to her photos. I get an opportunity to see places I’ll never get to visit personally.

I’m not planning a vacation this year. I’m not much of a traveler. I look forward to my day trips, which I enjoy tremendously. When I was younger, far-away places sounded a lot more exciting to me than they do these days.

There are not really many places where I’d like to go. As much as I enjoy wandering around Missouri, I like talking to people, but a lot of people these days have become very political and they are a lot less fun.

Actually, it’s a lot more difficult to avoid visiting with people when you’d rather not talk to them. I’m actually a friendly person who normally likes talking to people. But frankly, I don’t really want to know all that’s wrong with the world, so I don’t want to hear it.

I feel sorry for people who can only see all the ugly around them. I think there are many good people in the world. I really think that some people want to do what is right. I don’t believe all politicians are liars.

If you lose your wallet, an honest person could find it and return it to you as easily as a dishonest person could steal it. I believe there are more honest people in the world than there are dishonest ones. I’d rather listen to 15 stories about what good people have done than one story about what a bad person accomplished.

I’d rather hear about one person who discovered a cure for a disease than 100 who discovered a million dollars. I’d rather hear about a family giving thanks before their meal than what was on the evening news.

Waking up, every new day, there are hundreds of things to feel good about. The people and animals that you love, the house you live in, the food you have to eat, the body you have to clothe.

There are many things you can feel bad about. You can waste all day thinking about them, and they will still be there to feel bad about.

Give yourself a break and take all the good out of today. And, keep smiling.

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