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by Gina Valley

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Ever present

Oft obscured


Precious gem

Sparkling glow


Sweetly savored

Silent and loud


Bursting out

Flowing gently








Never, never stopping

-Gina Valley


Sometimes it’s so easy to focus on the bad.

It’s right there.  It’s in front of us.  It’s easy to see.  It’s hip to talk about.

We stare at it, absorbing every decadent detail.  There’s almost a perverse delight in some to feel the depths of the dark around them.  It’s certainly easy to see.

But, look again.

Look past the headlines in the New York Times.  Look past what CNN has instructed its camera guy to capture.  See beyond the story the reporter from ABC is telling.  They’re delivering what’s called for by the ever masterful public thirst for sensationalism.   They’re doing a job, making a living

We’re building a life. We must look deeper.

Look at the people around you.   Look at your world.

We must see what’s always there, even when it’s hard to see.

Even when it’s so small it seems insignificant.

There’s an old joke about how when we’re all finally the same color we can hate each other for the right reason – for the terrible people that we are.

Is that what we are? Terrible?

Is that what we do?  Is the bad unavoidable?  Insurmountable?

Although we must admit there is certainly the propensity for bad in each of us, to varying degrees, there is also a limitless potential for good.  Whether you believe we were made in the image of a loving Heavenly Father or not, you can see the good in people.

Granted, it’s hard to find in some.  Seems to have been completely extinguished in a few.  But overall it’s there, in every one of us.

I miss seeing the good.

I think I’m out of the habit of looking for it.

We’ve been taught by so many elements in our culture that the bad, the painful, the perverse, are what matters.   That what merits our time and discussion, what titillates our ears and perks up our eyebrows and grabs our attention should be painted with dark undertones.

I need to chase the good.  My soul needs that refreshment.  People around me need the boost.

I need to practice good, like any gift, to grow it.  I must use it, chase it, develop it.

I need to both see and be the good in the world.

Let’s go there together.



What can you do to make one person’s day better today?   Are you going to do it? Shoot me a comment.  I’m looking forward to hearing all about it..

14 Responses
  • Amber
    April 7, 2013

    Yep. I’m right here lately too. Completely with you on the finding good and focusing on the good and heck, creating good. Must be spring. I want to feel a sense of renewal and hope and growth. Was thinking about this at the beach this weekend. It takes work to not be cynical and sarcastic. Especially since being cynical and sarcastic is so darn funny. I need more of a balance.

    • gina valley
      April 12, 2013

      You are spot on, Amber, about it being so easy to slip into cynacism and sarcasm. I have to make a serious effort to get beyond those. I guess spring is an especially great time for renewal of attitudes. I hope looking for the good and creating good catches on.

  • Aaron Brinker
    April 7, 2013


    Great post!!!

    Aaron Brinker aka DadBlunders

    • gina valley
      April 12, 2013


      Great comment!!!


  • Aaron Brinker
    April 7, 2013


    Life is to short not to look around and be thankful for everything we have. Whether we like it or not, time passes quickly. Someday, when it’s near the end for me, I want to be able to look back and remember that I enjoyed life. I want others to remember me as someone that lived his life to the fullest.

    Aaron Brinker aka DadBlunders

    • gina valley
      April 12, 2013

      Hi Aaron,
      You are so right – time does pass so very, very quickly. Life truly is short. I think you have a great attitude in wanting to live life to the fullest while you still have the chance.

  • Rhonda @Laugh Quotes
    April 8, 2013

    I am happy to say that I still look for the good. Wonderful poem and really thought provoking post. Thanks.

    Visiting from AtoZ #41

    • gina valley
      April 12, 2013

      Thank you, Rhonda! I’m always honored to get to share my thoughts.

  • What a great post…. It is so true that good is often obscure. 🙂

    • gina valley
      April 12, 2013

      Thank you, Susan! I am so glad you liked it!

  • rsrote
    April 14, 2013

    the poem is simpley stunning! So reminded me of a great quote-” Everyday may not be good, but there is good in everyday!”

  • Courtney~Mommy LaDy Club
    April 14, 2013

    Loved this from you! It’s nice to have the humor and this together on your blog:) Doomsday and bad news always sells, and they now do that 24 hours/day. It’s not good for us as a society. Then, we’re doing it on social media to boot. I’m always a skeptic, but a positive skeptic, so I don’t buy all of the bad they are selling all of the time;)