There isn't a quality I desire more than goodness. Really. I don't think there is a better compliment than being thought of as a good person.
You know good people--really, really good people. I do too. I have a deep love for them, even the ones I don't know personally. I have this real attraction to good people, because when you are around them, things seem happy and right. And the thing about them is that the more you're around them, the better you want to be.
Goodness is easy to spot. Usually there is a feeling that accompanies a person which gives away their goodness. Most of the really good people I know are quietly good--not showy in their giving or faith.
I've been thinking a lot lately about hard things people have to face. Everyone has trials at some point in their lives. Some people, it seems, deal with things too hard to imagine. Some with physical pain, others financial struggles, others emotional distress, heartache or loneliness--but everyone has something, sometime.
I have a friend, Callie, who has a little darling son who was born with a congenital heart defect last year, and he recently got RSV, so he had to be in the hospital to recover. I checked up on her via facebook or blog, and I was amazed at her attitude and faith. She seemed to express gratitude so often in such a difficult time. She wrote this passage that I love, about her experience passing other parents with sick children in the PICU:
we smile knowingly as we pass in the halls, silently communicating that we're sorry, we know what you're going through, hang in there...and nobody's sorrow is really deeper than anyone else's because it is theirs. it's all they know. and it's hard.
I think hard times come for us to remember how good people really are. And others' hard times give each of us opportunities to be good.
This weekend was a harder one for me, but I also knew overwhelming goodness from so many. I always feel undeserving of such goodness, but it has made me want to be better, as goodness always does. And since "thanks" seems to pale in comparison to my spilling heart, I suppose goodness to others ends up being the way to say it.