It’s not always clear what folks’ intentions are.
This makes good news difficult to swallow at times.
We don’t want to get our hopes up, only to have them torn down.
We might see or hear about somebody doing something good.
We only learn later that their intentions were not pure.
That they were motivated only by a desire to put themselves first.
To benefit in the long run to the detriment of others.
Putting on a show simply to further their own interests.
Sure, this happens.
Quite a bit, actually.
But what of all those times when this isn’t the case?
What of all the times people act sincerely?
All the times they genuinely want to help?
To make the world a better place?
To spread positivity?
Do we doubt them?
Often, we do.
We turn to cynicism.
Assuming the worst.
Taking away their momentum.
Maybe even outwardly trying to bring them down.
Only because we don’t want to believe.
We don’t want to trust.
We want to protect ourselves.
From being betrayed.
From being hurt.
From being wrong.
We do nothing to support or encourage them.
You could assume everyone is out for themselves.
Acting only in self-interest.
But won’t that lead you to do the same?
Acting only in self-interest?
Out for yourself?
What if cynicism is part of the problem?
Could you break the cycle?
Put yourself out there?
You might get burned.
You might be wrong.
You might end up being misled.
But you might also be just the encouragement somebody else needed.
When they put themselves out there.
When they make an effort to do good.
When they take a risk to make the world a better place.
You just might be the one who keeps them going.
Most of us are doing the best we can.
Most of us have pure intentions.
Most of us need encouragement, not cynicism.
You can be that encouragement.
You can be part of the solution.
You’ve got this.