We're inundated with accounts of violence, theft, and bad news. It seems that shocking events create curiosity and an appetite for more information and more details. Maybe that's why radio, TV, and news headlines announce war, crime, politics, and natural disasters. Do you ever wonder, “Is there any good news? Are there any heroic deeds with the only reward — feeling good?" The answer is yes, but the stories are buried and not easy to find.
Heroic acts and generous interventions like these happen every day. The stories don’t make front-page news but they do reflect how ordinary people respond to extraordinary circumstances.
We've all been benefactors of good Samaritans. One snowy day I struggled on crutches to cross a major intersection before the traffic light turned red. Strong arms lifted me and the crutches, carried me through the slush, and put me down safely on the opposite curb. Before I could say thank you, the stranger waved and continued walking to his destination. If I was robbed or assaulted instead of being rescued, the event might have been newsworthy. Still it had lasting impact. I often pay this good deed forward — helping people in wheel chairs, parents with more children than hands, and animals in distress.
Caring people are creating good news everywhere — whether it's formally reported or not.
What's your good news?