I Write My Own Headlines

by Self Care, Wisdom0 comments

Firestorms, catastrophic flooding, more and more cases of Covid, divisions, cases of abuse and starvation, and on-and-on, the dismal headlines rob me of my hope for a good new year. I am overwhelmed by all the bad news.  At times I feel helpless and hopeless.

Then, I happened upon the following Facebook post from author and Pastor Andy Stanley:

“I met an 87-year-old man who talks of living through Polio, diphtheria,   Vietnam, and yet is still enchanted with life.  He seemed surprised when I said that 2020 (and 2021) must have been especially challenging for him. ‘No,’ he said slowly looking me straight in the eyes, ‘I learned a long time ago to not see the world through the printed headlines. I see the world through the people that surround me.  I see the world with the realization that we love big. Therefore, I just choose to write my own headlines: ‘Husband loves wife today.’ ‘Family drops everything to come to Grandma’s bedside.’  He patted my hand and said: ‘Old man makes new friend’.”

Thank you, Andy Stanley for renewing my spirit and giving me a new way to view the world and to write my own headlines.  As I look at the people who surround me today, my headlines are: 

  • “Grandson Chose to Spend Vacation Time with Us” 
  • “An Older Brother Taught His Younger Brother to Surf Fish”
  • “An Email from a Niece Brings Smiles”

What are your headlines today?

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.


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