We have all been discouraged with humanity at some point in our lives.

For me, I temporarily lose a little hope in mankind from time to time here at work when we get press releases about drug-related accidents, robberies, the occasional murder and anything else that falls under the “bad news” category.

I have learned, though, that there is always hope, sometimes we just have to look for it.

This past weekend, I found some unexpected hope in my hometown at a benefit singing and luncheon for Brenda Vaughn.

The benefit was held at the Ider City Park to raise money for her during her battle against breast cancer and a number of people from the community were there.

Seeing all of those people from the community at the benefit did my heart good because it let me know that I live in a town where people still look on the bright side of things and still care for others when things get tough.

For me, the bad news like the recent shooting in Las Vegas and the local crimes that have happened around here are challenging to accept.

I just have to remind myself that there is still good news in the world and that people who still try to do the right thing do exist.

Bad news is unavoidable, but looking on the bright side can help us cope with the terrible things that happen in this world.

There are times when I feel like mankind is doomed, but then I hear some good news and my hope is restored.

Things like benefit singings, volunteer services, monetary donations and community services do still happen.

So I’ve learned that, even though it may seem like mankind is doomed— there is always hope, sometimes we just have to look for it.

Kayla Beaty is a staff writer for the Times-Journal. She can be reached at kbeaty@times-journal.com.

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