Back in July my family and I took a hike to two waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge. We visited the beautiful Elowah falls and the majestic Wahclella falls. Both were absolutely beautiful hikes and I would totally recommend them but thats not what I’m here to talk about today.
The hike to Wahclella falls is short but steep. It is a family friendly hike and we saw lots of young children there. Once you reach the waterfall, there are multiple viewpoints. If you’d like, you can make your way down a series of muddy and wet rocks to get as close to the water as possible.
Obviously, I had to get as close as I possibly could, so my brother and I made our way through the rocks to the small lookout. It was so amazing. Any time there’s a breeze, a rush of water comes flying toward you to cool you off. We stood there for a while and took some pictures before turning to go back.
On our way back, some new people were making their way down. There was a blind man there who wanted to get as close to the waterfall as possible because he wanted to feel it. He asked if anyone would help him get to the bottom through the rocks. A young boy who looked to be about my age volunteered.
The boy directed the man and told him where the best places to step were, as they worked together to get to the bottom. When they finally reached the bottom and were misted by the waterfall, the man raised his arms in the air in celebration.
At the time I was unsure why I found this so fantastic and why I was getting so worked up about it. I then realized that we sometimes lack spontaneous acts of kindness in the world. There are a lot of terrible things going on and I am sure there will more in the future. When we see all of that happening we develop this outlook and idea that the world is entirely bad and evil.
That is not true.
The world is filled with good too we just fail to see it sometimes and we fail to act on it. We should not feel like we shouldn’t do the right thing. The world is filled with so much good but we need to step out. Bad things are happening. Bad things happen.
But trust me, the world has so much good in it and this is our future and we can overcome the bad. We can rise above. You don’t necessarily have to make some grand gesture, you can always make spontaneous acts of kindness, because that is how we will give people hope for the future.