On the Other Side

“Is it really that bad out there?” One of the soon-to-be-released inmates had asked the question. It kind of took me by surprise. There had been no preceding discussion on the topic at all.

Of course, when one considers the huge amount of negativity that prevails today – the political climate, media hype for bigger and better material goods, and television fare that lacks greatly in creativity – perhaps it does seem overwhelming to someone who has been away from it for some time.

Years ago, I remember reading that we should not always ask God for things, but instead, thank Him for all that He has provided. I have tried to incorporate that behavior into my life.

Since I started thanking God for various things in my life, I have also tried looking for the good in all situations and I find I am happier for it. Yes, this world has the potential to depress and intimidate. Yet, when you find good things and good people, and when you thank God for all His blessings, I think the world becomes a friendlier place.

Is it really that bad out there? I believe it doesn’t need to be. When we look for the good “out there” (and I do believe it still exists), and try to be the best that we can be…when we love purely, learn to trust simply, and believe in our fellow man…no, Virginia, I don’t believe it is that bad out there. Count your blessings…they are many.

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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