Government has a place in solving the serious situation that we find our country in. Churches and civic groups do, too. So do businesses. Maybe when it comes to raising healthy young people, it really does take a village.
We all, as individuals, are part of that village and can have a big impact. We can monitor our own speech to be more positive and less critical in the things we say. We can give people the benefit of the doubt and look for the best in them. We can have a smile on our faces more often and express appreciation for even little things. We might even offer no-strings- attached help to a person or family.
Even if only a few of us can make ourselves change for the better in one small way, maybe we can start a ripple effect that could eventually make a difference.
To quote an old song: “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. No, not just for some, but for everyone.”