Bright spots, they shine, go look!

As an ardent, passionate, and devoted fan of Gretchen Rubin, I religiously follow what she says. This wonderful quote landed in my inbox last week as part of her Moment of Happiness email.

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”

– Fred “Mr.” Rogers

On most days, we grapple with our challenges and hurts and scraped knees and broken hearts, not disasters, and yet these can be enough to dim our light. A wonderful reminder above that in times of dimness, and darkness, we need to look for the light. Sometimes these helpers are our family and friends, other times counselors and caregivers. Sometimes these helpers are the dazzling sun, a gust of wind, a pop of marvelous colour, or a little baby’s hug.

Whenever you need it, look for the bright spots. They may be hiding, but they’re there.

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