To me, the Christmas season is multi-layered. Religious to some, but secular to others. Not only do I believe in the religious side, I also appreciate those who accept the holiday as one of goodness. To me, Santa is the Spirit of Goodness that transcends all cultures. In that spirit, I say Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas … and welcome to beach walk number 100.
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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
The opening and closing lines of my beach walks are always the same with “good” being one of the keywords. I’m not talking about the good-better-best system of rating products – and not about the economic commodity that one makes and others use. This walk is about the human quality of good – the goodness of people.
Good is a human quality not related to power and wealth – but about personal character. Good is something that everyone has within them. Yes, some display it more naturally, while others fight it.
Good is kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity, graciousness, compassion, loving, and courage. Good – the best and finest that humanity has to offer.
Good is possessing and displaying moral value from the heart to others. Values as righteous, upright, upstanding, ethical, high-minded, and principled – the characteristics of the respectful, well-behaved, obedient, dutiful, polite, courteous, moral, and righteous while doing so with integrity and virtue. Yes, that’s good.
Good people realize the goodness in others by giving them respect, politeness, care, compassion, and empathy.
Good is something we want, but must also give, trust, and believe. Good is a trait people treasure and validate. To the receiver, good is welcoming, pleasing, and appreciative. Good can also be a blessing in disguise. To the giver, good is rewarding and the right thing to do.
Good is a feeling one receives from an outside source; such as an unexpected letter from a friend of many years ago. That timely text one receives from the one they are thinking about at the moment – the unexpected help from a stranger.
Good is a smile delivered to a stranger while walking the beach – or that unexpected pleasant conversion with an unknown fisherman.
Good shines as people come together to assist those in times of need. When a family loses their home to fire, the local community of goodness doesn’t hesitate to step forward to help. During Coronavirus times, locals supported many local businesses, neighbors checking on neighbors – let alone the good through the sense of duty by the medical professionals.
In times of large-scale national disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, forest fires, tsunamis, floods, and more, global goodness answers the call. Whether local or global, this is the good of the human spirit at work.
Good refers to the positive qualities in people and the roots of goodness that lie with each of us. Believing in the good of others is a mantra for some – and hopefully becomes a mantra for many more. To others, good is only a flickering light of hope.
Good doesn’t require a common language because smiles, hand gestures, laughter, actions, dance, music, and food can deliver acceptance and respect across language barriers. Yes, goodness is global because it is a quality of humanity without geographic boundaries.
Even with all the bad news, I remain convinced that the majority of the world is good. Besides, disagreements between people don’t mean they aren’t good. Yes – regardless of culture, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, religion, and power, the majority of the people are good. Of course, disagreeing with respect is a different topic.
These good thoughts not only cause me to smile on this day, but they also warm my heart. Good is all around those who take the time to notice – including here at the beach during snowbird season. Besides, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.
See what other bloggers have posted about good
- Perserverance + Kindness = My New Hero (essay by a visitor here)
- Walking in Gratitude (essay & photos)
- Kindness Kindness Kindness (short essay & photos)
- Good Day! (poem)
- Kindness Repeats (poem)
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