Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Life is good…we just need to open our eyes.

Sometimes when we look around it is easy to be drawn into the darker side of life. We are constantly bombarded with stories of chaos and violence from around the world. Global warming, war, crime and injustice seem to pour from every available outlet, adding to our already stressful existence. And it is not surprising that most of us rush through life lost in a blur of fear and confusion. We struggle to pay the bills, striving to keep our heads above water while beating the wolves from our door, and it is almost impossible to find time to simply sit back and relax.

Modern living is taking its toll on society. We live in a time where everything moves at incredible speed, and nothing is ever certain. Jobs, homes, even our relationships can be lost in the blink of an eye, leaving us alone and vulnerable in a world that apparently doesn’t care. But is this really the truth? Or is it just what we have come to expect? As an author I spend much of my time observing others, and for me the battle between “good and evil” exists in a very real way. Every day I see acts of selfishness and pure malice that make my blood boil. However, they are always countered by the kindness of a friend or sometimes even a perfect stranger. The media fills our heads with pictures of hate. They linger over the details, reporting at length. And yet stories of love or triumph over adversity find themselves relegated to the end of the news or the back page of the newspaper. Is this really because they are not deemed to be as important? Or do we just hunger for the bad stuff?

I believe that most people are basically good…they have to be. The vast majority are decent, hard working human beings who just want to live their lives in peace and care for their friends and family. Sometimes life gets in the way of that, but mostly we overcome...and it takes courage to do that in this day and age.

Taking time to see the beauty around us is more important then we think. If we only focus on the bad we close our minds to all that is possible. Hope, determination and desire are the things that drive us forward, and we must always listen to our inner-voice. Of course, we can not live on dreams alone, but removing the blinkers once in a while allows us to appreciate the lighter side of life. We must believe in ourselves to achieve our dreams, no matter how unobtainable they may seem. Life is a gift never to be wasted, and our dreams are what keep us alive.

Polly Lewis, Author/writer


  1. Nice one Polly - I like your observations. I'm just about to write a blog about something similar - not particularly hatred in everyday life but suspicion and mistrust that seems to pervade normal everyday life.


  2. Yep. couldn't agree more, Polly. The power of the majority good should overwhelme the minority bad

    Mook x