Monday, November 7, 2011

the kindness of it all

there are monsters in this world. they are in back alleyways at midnight, and in corporate conference rooms at noon. they are sons. daughters. mamas. robert and i have recently taken to watching 48 hours and dateline. and it's awful, the things people are capable of.

but for the life of me, i just can't shake the realization that as a whole, people are kind. they are sweet and generous and when they're not, there's a reason, and it typically has nothing to do with the situation at hand. or with you.

i wrote about this idea once. after a christmas shopping trip. intoxicated by the carols and the sweet hot cider. just as everyone looks beautiful in candlelight, everyone looks sweet under tinsel.

but i had the same thought this past week--on a random friday in the middle of the afternoon. sitting at my desk with sunlight streaming in through the cracked blinds.

there's a non-profit organization a few cities over. one meeting with one sweet woman last monday and it was settled. they are paying for my speech easy device. every single penny of it. an accumulation of heartache, prayer and wishful thinking, all coming to a head as the week came to an end.

i spent the weekend in awe of it all. sending whispered prayers of thanks up to heaven, swinging on the front porch swing letting autumn wrap its cool, wispy arms around me.

i've seen a lot of this world. i've been mocked and laughed at. i've felt like toe scum after being walked upon. people have hurt me to the core and left me forever changed.

but for all their faults, people can also be extraordinarily kind-hearted. and i declare, they are good.

15 comments:

Christi said...

Wow. That is absolutely fabulous, Courtney! I'm so excited for you.

Anonymous said...

This is fantastic, Courtney! I am so excited for you! God is good!

~Tiffany
http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

Ana Magdalena said...

I am so happy for you. God bless this wonderful organization!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I agree. You will see and find whatever it is you are looking for.
Congratulations on getting your speech easy device gift! Fill the heart.

Amylou said...

You have the best outlook on life! And even through all these hard times, I pray you never loose it! It is truly a gift from Jesus! Thanks for sharing this sweet friend!

Holli said...

That is fantastic!!!

Valerie said...

Beautiful sentiment. We all have dark and light within us, but I think we were created for the light to far outshine the dark. So glad these people's kindness have blessed you!

Sarah O'Holla said...

I am so excited about this news! What goes around comes around- you are truly someone who deserves this.

chambanachik said...

So thrilled for you. What amazing news!

Torie said...

Awesome news! I know the bad feelings of being used. I'm so glad you've managed to have something so great happen to you at the hands of people, and that you never gave up faith. :) Congrats, again!

Erin said...

That is such an amazing gift! :) I agree that this world is full of so much hatred and evil.....but there are so many people out there with the ability to care and love immensely! So happy for you girl :)

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so happy for you, Courtney!! I wish you all the best!

XO,
Jane

Gwen Edwards said...

that's simply fantastic news. you totally deserve it. thank you for the reminder that there is good no matter where you look

Cara-Mia said...

Wow. Amazing. I am so happy for you.

Shalyn said...

I am speechless (wordless? typeless?)

I cannot think of anyone that deserves a sweet blessing like this more than you do!

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