What goes around, comes around. Treat others the way you want to be treated. We hear these sayings all our lives. I sometimes wonder just how much affect they have in what my father would call a "dog eat dog world."
But then I heard a short story on a local morning news story that spun my world around.
For my third contribution to the We Are The World Blogfest, I offer a story about a couple. the Ertls, who lost their child in the worst possible way -- as if there's a good way to lose a child -- through kidnapping and murder, and in the midst of their trauma and grief took notice of the way people rallied to support them, help them. Family and friends, of course, but who really surprised them were the strangers that sent their compassionate prayers and support.
I remember seeing the news story about Alayna Ertl's disappearance last year. Learning what a sweet little girl she was only made the news of her kidnapping and murder a blacker hole that the world had fallen into. What do you do when your child has been ripped away from you?
The Ertls have defied the expected. My local CBS news broadcast the story earlier this week of what Alayna's parents chose to do to honor their child instead of lashing out in their pain. It is an example of paying it forward, of giving the best their humanity, as you'll see here:
The last Friday of every month a group of bloggers spread some peace, love, and positive thinking about humanity by sharing stories of the best of humanity. This month's blogfest is hosted by
Emerald Barnes, Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks, Peter Nena, Roshan Radhakrishnan. Visit their blogs to learn more!