Good – an adjective, noun, or adverb – and this is the season of goodness.
Good is a word that transcends the globe in many languages and customs. Through a smile, music, a dance, and many other ways, good touches all and has a way to communicate across language barriers. Do you remember Matt?
Good – a desire or approval … as in living in peace with each other
Good – as in pleasing and welcoming
Good – kind, kindhearted, good-hearted, thoughtful, generous, charitable, magnanimous, gracious
Good – as in showing kindness and respect
Good – something produced for use by others
Good – as in appropriate, fitting, and adherence
Good – meaning valid, valued, treasured
Good – a quality emphasizing the best, finest, and nicest – or considerable, sizable, substantial, appreciable, and significant
Good – displaying or possessing a virtuous moral value – thus virtuous, righteous, upright, upstanding, moral, ethical, high-minded, and principled
Good – respectful, well-behaved, obedient, dutiful, polite, courteous, moral, righteous, and with integrity, virtue, and goodness
Good – referring to the positive qualities of a group of people
We need to reach that happy stage of our development when differences and diversity are not seen as sources of division and distrust, but of strength and inspiration. (Josefa Iloilo)
The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness. (Dalai Lama)
Goodness is the only investment that never fails. (Henry David Thoreau)
Dream that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion. (Desmond Tutu)
I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given. I believed in myself, and I believe in the goodness of others. (Muhammad Ali)
Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it. (Pablo Casals)
I keep up enough with news to know that the world is not lacking bad news. Whether wars, human strife, harm, or killings, many of events are based on culture, religion, politics, race,and quest of power for imposing one set of values while stifling others. Nonetheless, my belief in humanity remains steady.
Interfaith graphic by Justice St. Rain (Bahá’í Community) of Interfaith Resources
Even with all the bad news, I remain convinced that the majority of the world is good. After all, these are people who go about their daily life, and communicate across languages with smiles, dance, music, kindness, and acceptance … and yes, the bloggers at WordPress that I encounter also serve as ambassadors of humanity’s goodness – thus supporting my belief.
Yes, it’s the Christmas season, which is an important occasion for we Christians .. and festive time emphasizing good. However, goodness is a quality continually exhibited many Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, secular humanists, atheists, agnostics, and many other religions throughout the world … so to me, Santa Claus is a figure of good that transcends all cultures – thus not bound to Christianity.
In the spirit of Santa’s goodness, thank you for all the joys you regularly deliver to me. Yes, you are good. Happy Holidays to everyone … and to my Christian friends, a blessed Christmas to you!
But, one question … Which of the musical and visual gifts in this post did you enjoy?