I'm an optimist. I am always finding a good side to everything because I believe there always is a good side. Bad cannot exist without good, so I choose to live focusing on the good parts alone.
I am also a believer in change. Things happen for a reason, and change is a good thing. It's a new chapter in a book, and I believe only good things will continue to develop through change.
That being said, I do not believe good is lost in our world today. I think there is so much good and the potential for it constantly, but through the decades, it's become less common to reach for the good.
If you know me personally, you probably know I love the 1940s and 1950s because people had the mindset to just help each other. That's all. The mindset was that you did good things simply because helping someone else made you happy as well and because goodness was just expected. There was no material reward - you did not get paid or given a medal for being a classy, genuinely kind person. I would bet if you asked someone for a reward back then, they would've laughed because that just did not happen.
That's how I feel we should be today. I have a lovely younger sister, and growing up, I was expected to help her. No one asked me to do that either. I was supposed to be kind to her and help her grow as a person by teaching her the skills I had already learned. Was I always doing that? No. We had our fights and got annoyed with each other as everyone does, but I helped my sister, and she me, just because it made us happy to see the other one happy. That was our reward: seeing the other one smile. I would have never asked my mom for compensation or boasted that I'd done something good, and I still wouldn't. All of that ties into being classy because classy comes from being a good person and making a conscious choice to be humble about all of that.
My point is, many people today seem to think they deserve something for being good, and I really don't believe in that. Goodness comes from the heart. It starts by caring for someone or something and wishing only the best outcome possible to come true. Good people do not think of themselves when they are helping someone. Good is selfless. It is about wanting what's best for another and having the grace and heart to see the bigger picture instead of a pinpoint.
That is what is missing from our world. It isn't missing good, because it has it, but it is a greedy, selfish version of good, and that's very upsetting to me.
So in conclusion, I just hope that maybe by sharing my thoughts, we can help change the current mindset so people are good simply because that's how they know they should be; so a smile is the greatest reward one could ask for again.
Feel free to share your thoughts as well in the comments below and have a nice week!