In the aftermath of the horrific week we’ve had, including earthquakes in Japan and Mexico, and attacks in Beirut, Baghdad and Paris, it would be easy to focus on the negative, and assume the world is teetering on the brink.
Who knows? Maybe it is. Maybe it isn’t – only time will tell, though if people carry through their messages of support from social media into the world around them then we could all be the change we want to see.
At times like these it’s important to appreciate the little things that make the world a less horrific place. After all, Eric Draven made the very good point that nothing is trivial, and lots of small things can add up to become something momentous indeed.
Here’s my list of ten things that make life a little more bearable.
- Babies, of any species, but particularly giraffes.
- The #NotInMyName hashtag.
- The muffled silence you get during snow fall.
- Those brief moments when shared smiles break the ice between strangers.
- The lovely man in the gift shop at the Paris Catacombs last year who offered me directions to make sure I could get where I needed to be.
- The maniacal giggles of toddlers.
- Someone remembering your favourite type of baked good from Starbucks – and making their own (superior) version for you.
- Making art.
- Sunrises – and realising Nature has a much better paintbox than you do.
- Individuals like Malala.
And finally…this fantastic little video of a daring escape.