In an attempt to make a regular commitment to repost a positive news story each month, I asked readers what heartwarming tales they had heard recently. If the truth be told, I was finding it hard to find positive, inspiring stories in the media around me. And you delivered!
• Susan posted about Sir Nicholas Scott, who helped evacuate 660 children from Germany in 1939 because it was “the right thing to do.”
• Jill spoke of an elementary school teacher who anonymously donated one of her kidneys to a student in her class.
• Liesbet mentioned firefighters and rescue workers who repeatedly risk their lives for others.
• On this same theme, Christie linked to a story about eight-year-old Caleb, who ‘called the shots’ as firefighter for a day…not allowing his acute lymphoblastic leukemia to hamper him or his spirits.
• Fran included a piece about a Las Vegas police officer who returned a purse to a Canadian woman who had been at the site of the October 1 Music Festival shooting. The police officer had gone to the trouble of cashing in her slot machine ticket and tucked that money into her purse.
• Anne Kelly highlighted how the generosity of others made a much-needed difference for the victims of this shooting.
• Anabel wrote about the positive, can-do spirit of a snowboarder who regularly competes with able-bodied athletes, despite losing a leg in a car crash.
• Terri told about new construction that sends a positive message that her home state is ‘rising from the ashes of recession.’
• Kathy reminded us that “when we see and read about others doing good it encourages us to do better ourselves.”
• Jude shared a link about the success of German scientists who have discovered ways to replace fossil fuels with alternative energy sources. Like Kathy, Jude emphasizes that good news stories help keep us motivated to keep trying, rather than disengaging and giving up.
• And finally, Hugh left us with this link, about how small actions make a big difference…and are highly contagious!
Immediately upon rewatching Hugh’s link, I read a news article about a young trick-or-treater who left some of his candy at a home that had run out.
Perhaps we can’t all do large heroic deeds. But what if each of us left more than we took?
Go ahead. Inspire us. What small action have you observed, that will never be reported in the news, but have made a positive difference for yourself or another?