You may remember a post I did several months ago entitled “Goodness Is All Around Us” which highlighted the good in the world—and in light of some of the recent tragedies I thought it might be a good idea to spread some positivity in the midst of all the sorrow. So I’ve pulled together some incredible, positive stories you may not have heard to help remind you that, yes, there is goodness all around us!
The power of second chances! This adorable dog named Ghost was deemed unadoptable because of his energy and “occasional indifference to people”. This caused him to become scheduled to be euthanized. The shelter decided this pup deserved another chance and ended up placing him in the care of another shelter in Washington where he was eventually adopted by a trainer who—seeing his determination in retrieving—decided he’d make a good K-9. Ghost now lives with a new handler and is training to become a narcotics dog for the Washington DOC!
You may have seen this video that went viral about a carwash in Florida that is doing good by providing employment opportunities to people with Autism. It’s a great idea and brings attention to the important topic of unemployment among individuals with autism—and how a little understanding can go a long way.
— Library of Congress (@librarycongress) February 27, 2018
The classic country music star, Dolly Parton, is being hailed as the unofficial “Queen of Good Works” for donating her 100 millionth book (WOW) to the Library of Congress. In 1995 she started a program called Imagination Library which sends free books to children from birth until they start school—regardless of their parent’s income. She was inspired by her father’s illiteracy. On World Book Day, what a fantastic , incredible example she is setting for children and adults alike.
Kids these days get a bad rap. You may have seen me write about communicating with the youth, understanding them, et al. I do this because I see the good in youth every day. In my grandchildren, my friends grandchildren, the cashier at the grocery store, or the barista at the café. This story resonated with me because it shows the kind, altruistic nature I see in my youth of today. These teens were witnessed getting out of their car, opening their wallets and giving a homeless man cash, then shaking his hand and leaving. They didn’t do it for fame. Or for likes. Or for views. They did it because they wanted to.
If this doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, I don’t know what will. With all the fear and sorrow surrounding the tragic school shootings in America, this story offers some positivity. While it is sad that kids even have to think in these terms, these students decided that in the event of an active shooting, they would carry their disabled teacher to safety. This one is a must read—and a tear jerker.
So—while there is much news that brings us pain and sadness—let us rejoice in the goodness present in humanity. Have you seen any good news lately? I’d love for you to share it in the comments!
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