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Don’t blink, life is beautiful

By Allison Bansen

It is hard to focus on the good in the world with all the horrible media stories that spread all over the news. I mean you turn on any news channel and they are flooded with stories that are sad, evil and hopeless. I know a lot of people in my generation vow to not even turn on the TV because it is sad and depressing. Politics and stories that seem meaningless and unchanging with little that can be done on the forefront. Now don’t get me wrong, my parent’s favorite past time is to sit in front of the TV and listen to the new gossip, rumors that surround the white house and their families. Maybe it’s a generational pastime because I don’t have too many friends that follow the media from day to day. 

In a world that thrives on media and fear inducing, fantasy like stories. Where does that leave sappy romantics that just want a happy ending? Very rarely do they cover stories that don’t involve terrorism, environmental catastrophes or shootings of innocent people. So, I wanted to write an article that focuses on all the good things that have happened this year that didn’t make the media cut. 

Do you know how lucky you are to live in Belmont? No really, there are so many beautiful stories right here in our hometown. This year my grandfather fell in his home. He is 93 years young and has lived here most of his life. He has a pretty regular routine in the mornings that includes going to his favorite restaurant, Whites. Now if you haven’t been to White’s you are missing out. Best eggs around, but better than that the people make it feel like home when you walk through the door. Now, he typically rolls in around 7:30 am give or take a few minutes. Well, one morning he didn’t show. They didn’t think much of it but when one of the regulars left to go home, they all agreed to do a well check just to make sure that everything was ok. Thank goodness they did, because my grandfather had fallen in his room in the middle of summer and his air conditioner was broken. He had gotten up to do his normal routine but had slipped and became dehydrated very quickly as his home was over one hundred degrees. He was only on the floor a few hours, but longer than that could have been a headliner.  True heroes that deserve front page coverage because they saved his life that day. That’s just one story! I could go on and on but I have a limited word count and I have officially maxed out.

 This year I am headed into 2020 with a mindset that focuses on the good. There really is so much good in the world but it is hardly noticed. Just remember you have a choice on what you focus on this year. You have eyes that see and ears that hear, so proclaim My abiding Presence in the world. (Psalm 89:15) He is all around us, we just have to open our eyes to see him.