It's a brutal world out there.
This past year, I have let it get to me that sometimes not-so-good people do amazingly well in this world. They become powerful and successful. They have devoted followers, despite the fact that these people KNOW how "bad' the person they are supporting is.(If you want to get technical...I mean...hey...look at what happened with Hitler.) It makes being a good person and working hard seem really, really pointless to watch those who have no regard for other human beings flourish.
However...the other day...it hit me.
Why am I wasting my time on these people?
Why can't I do just the opposite?
Two months ago, I watched Cheyenne Jackson, somebody I love very much as a person and think the world of, stand on stage at Carnegie Hall to a sold-out crowd. I know from personal experience that Cheyenne is a wonderful, kind person who treats everybody he meets with respect. Watching him get standing ovations and seeing his face everywhere and knowing how much he deserves it cancels things-out a bit.
Last night, I saw Harry Connick, Jr. on Broadway. I have been a huge fan since I was in the fourth grade. I think he's the BEST live act I have ever seen. When I was 13, I learned that Harry is also an incredibly nice guy who called me to thank me for making a pillow for his newborn baby. After that, I knew I'd always be a fan and constantly will tell people that story as proof that Harry is a stand-up guy...as sweet and thoughtful as he is talented and handsome. As I watched people screaming his name last night (and they were actually screaming his name)
There are dozens of others I can name off the top of my head, and those are just people that I have dealt with personally. Of course, there are countless others. (I mean...Taylor Swift seems like a really good kid!)
All of this good cancels-out the bad.
No, no. It all doesn't just "cancel-out" the bad guys. It OUTWEIGHS them. By FAR.