“Wars and rumors of wars”, have been with us always. The media tends to reenforce this concept leaving us dismayed, cynical and depressed. The result can be that in our daily lives we tend to see the worst in every situation. Truthfully, if life were that bad, many of us would migrate to where ever we thought that we could find peace.
Actually, all it takes is a good look around you to find hope and comfort with and in the human race. In my life time, on a daily basis, more people smile and me than frown; let me into long traffic lines than shut me out; say, “Thank you” and “Excuse me” rather than not. In my travels, women carrying baskets of earth on their heads to construct a road, or women baking bread over an open fire, or women selling oranges by the roadside have waved and smiled, regardless of race, creed or color. I believe that people must be as ready to see the good in others as to see the bad.
The other day I read an article that lifted my heart – it contained good news of something happening in the Middle East. It was about a small, low profile humanitarian response to the tragedy taking place in Syria. Although Israel has not opened its borders to take in refugees from the war in Syria, a small number of those injured by the civil war in Syria are finding hospital care in Israel. Not only are these wounded being cared for medically, but their identity is being kept secret. Syrians are forbidden to be in Israel. Every thing possible is being done to help the injured recover and to return home safely. Once again, this ancient land brings a ray of hope to the rest of the world.