It is no secret that there has been a lot going on in the world – a lot of pain, a lot of inequality, and a lot of emotion. I think it is vitally important that no matter how hard a story might be to read or hear, that we expose ourselves to it. So many of us are blessed in more ways than we can count, but that does not excuse us from being a member of this global community. For me, this means a lot of frustration and sleepless nights questioning the world and why I live my life a certain way while others face unimaginable obstacles.
As part of my daily routine, for both my own benefit and that of my job, I spend an enormous amount of time on social media reading news stories from around the world – business, technology, pop culture, religion, etc. One of my go-to platforms for news when I’m rushing around is Twitter. However, Twitter has become a platform associated with negativity – a place where people can complain and share criticism. I am not implying that news has to always be good, quite the opposite. I would rather read horrible things and know I am being exposed to important information than read nothing but happy thoughts. However, social media analysts have said that this platform’s success is partially due to the free-flowing voice of its users. After scrolling through heartbreaking stories of suffering, I often feel drained and confused. I have to put my phone down and take a deep breath in an attempt to process everything. How can this world be so evil? How can so many people be suffering around the world and I am lucky enough to have a beautiful home, great job, and the comfort of safety throughout the day? It bothers me. It pisses me off. It makes me sad. It makes me feel guilty.
The other day, as I was scrolling through more awful truths about the world, I happened upon a Twitter account – Faith in Humanity @TheWorldStories and I felt a weight lift off of me. This account, with over 50k tweets and 1.87m followers, is dedicated to sharing moments when people loved people. In an attempt to open our eyes to the suffering of the world, we often forget that there are still beautiful moments that happen all the time. They are smaller and sometimes harder to notice, but they are there. They are the pearls of this life. The Christmas sermon at my church was about discovering the kingdom of God and the times in this life that we catch glimpses of it – for me, this account has allowed me to be reminded of that every day. No matter your faith, love is universal.
For those of you who feel like I do, don’t stop reading about the world we live in just because it is a painful reality. Just remember that there are still so many good hearts in the world.
** If you know of any other inspirational sites, accounts, etc. please share them in the comment section below!