Shirley Batchelder is a 94-year-old woman who is very happy with the life she has lived. She was married for 57 years to a man who was "as handsome as can be," she loves her three kids and all of her grand kids, but there is one thing that she has always wanted to express to the world.
At times the world can be an overwhelmingly negative place. There are so many terrible things happening all of the time, that people are often on edge. Batchelder knows this, and she has always wanted to do something about it.
Batchelder had always wanted to make her own television commercial that would only take up five seconds of time and have three words in it. She simply wanted to tell people to "love one another" and have it played on TV.
When the local television station heard this, they knew they could help out...
The Nashville television station WSMV found out what Batchelder's plan was for her five second slot and they decided that this message needed to go out for free. They told her that her kind and wonderful message would be sent out around the world, spreading her joy to as many countries as possible.
Batchelder said, “I heard from Hong Kong, Canada, England, lots of places in England. I heard from so many people. If we could love one another, the world would be a better place.”
It's managed to bring a lot of joy into people's lives. “So many people have said, ‘It changed me, made me think of things in a different way,’” Batchelder said, happy that her sentiment has had such a strong effect on people.
She said that a soldier got in touch with her because it changed his outlook on life. “He had just about given up on people, thinking that they hated each other," Batchelder said, but the video showed him "that there was love in the world.”
Shirley Batchelder's joyful attitude won't stop there. She plans on writing a book. “It’s called, ‘Sometimes, You Just Have to Smile.’ It’s a humorous book,” she shared. Other than that she plans on continuing to spread joy where ever she goes.