Life, as we get older, becomes less magical.
We stop believing in Santa Claus. The tooth fairy doesn’t come around anymore, and not just because all our baby teeth are gone. And the Easter bunny.….well don’t even get me started on the Easter bunny!
It’s enough to make anyone hardened and cynical. But then I realize that we have a whole new world we get to believe in.
We can believe in the sacrifice of a stranger serving in a war thousands of miles away just so we can sleep peacefully at night and wake to undeniable rights that no other country in the world gets to enjoy.
We can believe in the humanity of a cause whose whole purpose is to end teenage suicide, and in the people dedicated to that cause who do it for very little pay and not enough time with their own families.
And, most important, we can believe that no matter how much heartache and struggle we are going through right now, there is peace, comfort, and joy on the other side. And there are people (like my wonderful husband) who will be there through the good and the bad.
Santa, the tooth fairy, and the Easter bunny may be all gone in our grown-up world. But they have been replaced by something so much more wonderful. Real people, with real lives, doing good for their family, for their country and for their planet.
As you start 2012, choose to make this the year that you believe in goodness. Promise yourself that you will also be that kind of person for others in your life.
Now that’s something to believe in.