Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week author Marilyn Shedden

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It was so good we went to see it twice in four days.

Mamma Mia! Here We go again was a musical feast and great entertainment.

The same week we also watched Paddington Two, for the third time on DVD, and felt transported with both these events into a world of feel-good factor.

Sometimes a bit of escapism from all the horrors that take place across our world is good for us.

However there was a theme that appeared in both Mamma Mia! and Paddington 2 that caught my attention.

In the song I Have a Dream, the words resonate…I believe in angels, something good in everything I see.

In Paddington 2 towards the end, when life is just not the same for his neighbourhood without the little bear, Mr Brown says, Paddington looks for the good in everyone.

In a world where there are so many things that upset us, devastate us and challenge us, it is appropriate to be reminded to look for the good in the world and in people.

While only fiction, Paddington 2 sent a message by bringing out the good in people – by showing kindness and respect to all, with maybe the occasional Aunt Lucy ‘hard stare’ for those who had forgotten their manners.

I believe that people are inherently good and if we look for that good, we should find it, even if it is deeply hidden.

Some people make the world a better place by just being like Paddington, looking for the good, showing respect, being kind and affirming people.

Maybe if we could be more like Paddington, the world could be a better place.

Who would have thought a little bear could have such a big message?