I’ve been following a thread in a Facebook group that really touched my heart. There is a family in a local city that fills their yard with holiday inflatables each year to make a display that many drive by to see. It was all set up for this year when the family awoke last week to see that someone had come during the night with a knife and stabbed all the inflatables to the ground. The front yard was covered in deflated elves and snowmen.
A neighbour shared the story about the family and how sad it was that someone would do such a thing. The family who was vandalized was devastated that the display they had built up and invested in for years was gone. Along with the joy it gave to those who came to see it. They installed a security system and vowed to bring it back to life.
Slowly it seems that neighbours began dropping off inflatables to the family to help them rebuild. And I just saw an announcement that the new display will be launched this weekend.
I was sad at first that someone would want to hurt this family by destroying their heartfelt holiday display. And I hope that person gets the love they are looking for in life. But then my heart was warmed by the rallying of the community and the strength the family found to get back up and keep doing what they love to do.
Roman philosopher Seneca said, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.”
Here’s to accepting life’s disappointments for a moment and then deciding how to rise to the occasion. There are so many good people in the world. And you are one of them.