On the Subject of Life and Happiness

By Stuart Meyer

I picked up the newspaper this morning only to find the front page covered with corruption.  As I drove my children to school, I listened to news radio only to be inundated with atrocity.  Upon my return, I sat down at my desk only to find news alerts of tragedy.  Tonight, before I went to sleep I turned on the ten o’clock news only to find reports of murder.

Tomorrow, instead of reading the newspaper in the morning I’m going to spend some extra time talking to my wife and children at breakfast.  Instead of listening to news radio on the way to school, I’m going to sing with my kids at the top of our lungs.  Instead of diving into my computer upon my return, I’m going to pick up the phone and call a loved one who I haven’t talked to in a while.  Instead of watching the nightly news before bed, I’m going have an uninterrupted conversation with my wife.

It’s not that I don’t want a relationship with the world, it’s knowing the best way I can positively impact the world is through my relationship with my children, my wife, my friends, my family, my neighbors, my vocation and my community.

Why not turn off the news and join the overwhelming majority of people around the world who will commit a random act of love today.

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