Yesterday, tagging something with "all that is good in the world" caused me to well up with all sorts of emotions. Another tag I frequently blog with ("cultural insanity") does not have the same effect.
Well, Alice over at Sciencewomen had posted an update about her friend Annika who recently received a liver transplant near the beginning of the month. So, I started following the situation at Annika's mom's blog. For the whole effect, one should read the comments on the entries. I've known lots of kids in really scary medical situations (heart transplant, terrible burns, cancer) and supported their families in the process. Today, I paid Moreena a visit and saw this most recent of update. It never ceases to amaze me how people can rally around each other and support each other in times of need.
From my vantage point, I've been a registered organ donor since I was 16 and was deemed old enough to make that declaration for myself. My family has had candid conversations about our wishes surrounding organ donation. I try to be a blood donor when I can, but usually my attempts to give blood amount to being told that I lack the requisite iron. I pray for/with my friends as I know their requests and pray for my friends when I do not know their requests. I'm also the first to give hugs when an opportunity to do so presents itself.
I'm loving that people blog about the best parts of their world, the worst parts, the challenges and the triumphs because I feel like it's an invitation to have my heart expanded on a daily business. That and I've decided that I really do want to make sure I highlight things that strike me as "all that is good in the world" whenever the opportunity arises. At a time when people tend to worry about everything, it's good to join in the celebrations always happening around us when we open our eyes to them.