World full of bad news; seek the overwhelming positives surrounding us

By Joan Clayton

It seems bad news is presented every day. Seldom do we hear about things we love, enjoy and often take for granted. On any given day, we have more blessings than problems. Despite all the bad news, there are many great things about this country that I can name. Reams of paper would be required if you added your list to mine.
The next time you feel down about all the negatives, think about the overwhelming positives surrounding us. I find them just waiting to be appreciated. One never misses something until it is taken away.
Here are some of the many, many things I love about this nation:
• Attending the church of my choice
• Voting at the polls and having a voice
• Marrying the love of my life
• Shows with Andy Taylor and Barney Fife
• Roses growing at my garden gate
• The mockingbird singing to its mate
• That phone call, “Hi Mom, it’s me”
• “Have you put up your Christmas tree?”
• Seeing a nativity scene down the street
• A hug and a laugh from those I greet
• Christmas cards that bring me cheer
• My loving savior who is always near
• People helping people in my hometown
• A marching band with its great sound
• God’s holy hush, putting nature to bed
• The warm soft feeling after prayers are said
• My husband’s cologne lingering in the room
• A goodbye kiss, “I’ll be back at noon.”
• A love note lying on his favorite chair
• Knowing he secretly put it there
• A dream come true with lots of hard work
• A loving father whose role is not shirked
• An older couple with a haltering stride
• Reading the Bible for a lifetime guide
• Friends and neighbors who mean so much
• Loving and caring with a tender touch
• Community leaders who do their best
• To keep us safe with peace and rest
• Hearing “Taps” played with a trickling tear
• Living in America I hold so dear
• Our country’s flag, waving free
• The red, white and blue is special to me
• Hearing the laughter of children at play
• The smell of honeysuckle along the way
• A rainbow after a summer’s welcome rain
• The whistle sound of a midnight train
• Steeples on churches with bells that chime
• Teachers working long hours overtime
• Forgiving those who trespass against me
• Being proud of ancestors and the family tree
• Farmers who work from dawn until night
• Restaurants opening at dawn’s early light
• Mountain-moving faith, refusing defeat
• Giving a smile to everyone you meet
• People praying for others, sacrificing their time
• Not holding grudges nor deceit in mind
• Remembering veterans who gave us their all
• Being proud of our country and standing tall
• Righting the wrongs wherever you can
• Living at peace with your fellow man
• A cherish of freedom and the blessings brought
• Honoring the memory of those who have fought
• Those who died that I might be free
• Giving their all for my liberty
• Pastors helping those with so many needs
• Sacrificing time by their good deeds
• The beauty of the Earth with a sky so blue
• Makes me grateful to God for such a view
• A field of grain with its beautiful glow
• The harvest of fall, working row by row
• So many things to be thankful for
• Do I need to say anything more?
• What’s right with our country?
• What is its great might?
• It’s God-fearing people who try to do right!
 Portales resident Joan Clayton is a retired teacher and published author. Her e-mail address is:
joan@yucca.net