In light of all of the terrible things happening in Orlando, Florida, in the past week, I personally have started to watch the news a lot more than I usually do. Between the new information on the mass murder shooting that happened at Pulse night club, the tragic death of Christina Grimme, and the unthinkable accident of 2-year-old Lane Graves being snatched by an alligator and drowned at Disney World, I have had my eyes opened to the reality that bad things really do happen to good people. As I have been watching it all unfold, I have also seen an inspiring number of people who will do anything they can to help, and it has literally brought tears to my eyes seeing people do such amazing things in the wake of three tragedies so close together. I thought that I would share the happy things that I saw in such a sad and dark time for many people.
When the Westboro Baptist Church hatefully announced that they were going to protest the funeral of the shooting victims, members of an acting group decided to build "angel wings" to block the protesters from the victims funerals to let the families have peace with their loved ones. There really are angels on earth.
People lined up to donate blood to help save people who were injured in the shooting, and some even stood in line for upwards of 12 hours to help save lives
Many people are shaming the parents of Lane Graves for letting him be in the water and saying that it's their fault their son was attacked, but other parents are posting pictures of their children in the same exact spot to show how safe the lagoon actually looked and that it could have been anyone.
Adam Levine, Christina Grimme's coach on the show 'The Voice,' paid for her funeral services to take that burden away from her parents in the wake of mourning her death.
A man from Chicago made a wooden cross with the name of each victim from the Orlando shooting, and drove them all the way to Florida, bringing the message "love your neighbor, love your brother."
Will all of these bad things happening, it's heartwarming to see others helping each other and doing whatever they can. It helps me see that there really is good in all of us, and the words "love your neighbor, love your brother" resonate with me in such a way and I believe that it makes a difference in other's lives hearing those words too.