Most every community has their own version of Angel Trees and Neediest Cases and Secret Santa programs, and in all of them, people step up to take care of the needs of others they'll likely never meet in person.
You hear so much negative news, how the world is going to hell, how morals are declining and big-corporation mentality is going to be the end for us all. These have been scary times, so it can be strange what can bring a person comfort.
For me, I've found it in "We are the 99 percent." While the quote stems from the Occupy Wall Street movement against economic disparity and perceived corporate greed, for me, it means something else.
It means the good guys are actually facing down a teeny little army. Granted, the bad boys are often in powerful positions and get a lot of scary PR, but we so outnumber them. Evil isn't anywhere near as scary when you see it as the 1 percent, and you're part of the 99.
I like how, especially during the holiday season, the good guys come out of the woodwork to take care of their own.
We all have a choice. We can see only the bad, can cower in the corner and complain, or we can look for -- and be a part of -- the good. It's a choice.
There's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Each creates a ripple that spreads out through the world with no foreseeable end.
Reach Karin Fuller at karinful...@gmail.com.