Kindness, Compassion, and Support Are What the World Needs Now 9

November 13, 1012 is World Kindness Day, a day designated to realize the need for more compassion and kindness. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone observed it and really was kind for one full day? Yes, I am a dreamer, but like John Lennon, I am not the only one. I still believe in the goodness of humanity despite evidence to the contrary. I still dream of a kinder world, and that is why I think it is essential that we teach children how to be kind and how to recognize the difference between kindness and meanness. I will be posting some ideas about how to do this at on the fourth.

Overwhelmed By Horror

Last week I became overwhelmed with all of the horror stories of children being murdered, of those making the news for their poor choices, etc. By Friday, I was in overload and finding myself overwhelmed with emotions. I decided to avoid the Internet for a few days.

Then Canada had an earthquake, Hawaii had a tsunami warning and the East Coast was hit by Hurricane Sandy. I needed to escape it all, but I also had to verify my family and friends were safe, so I checked Facebook, watched the news, and checked Twitter, but much less than normal. I have family in New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Massachusetts, and my sister-in-law has a younger sister in New York whose husband works at NYU. I am grateful that they all weathered the storm without injury. One family does have water damage to a beach house on Long Island Beach, but it could have been so much worse and I know it was for many. I am praying for all who are affected by the storm.

Where Are the Heroes?

Even though I am sure there must have been stories of heroes during the storm. I only heard of two. One was of a the premature baby born during the storm, who is doing well. The other was of someone bringing a lady’s cats to her at a shelter.  Today, the news media is again reporting stories that break my heart, like fights over gas and a mother’s plead for help that was ignored.

Share Your Stories

I would love to hear the stories about the heroes instead. Are you with me? Do you have stories you want to share? I know I am not the only one who could use some good news. Tweet me with your hero stories.


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  2. There was a great story about a neighborhood/community of heroes helping each other get out of the flooded and burning area. Surfboards and kayaks were used to transport those who couldn’t wade through it, pushed along by people who could, and a human chain.

    So, there are stories of heroism leaking out.

      • I must admit that I’m not as bothered by the relative lack of “good news” stories. But I’m very disturbed about the reports of “gawkers” and “disaster tourists.” I mean, really? People are hurting. People have died. People have lost everything. So other people are coming to look and ooh and ahh over it?

        At least the lack of “good news” makes a certain amount of sense–the media has been sharing bad news because it sells for a long time.

        But to go to somewhere that has been hit by a disaster–not to help, not to document the event–to watch the suffering of others? That I don’t understand at all.

        • I personally am sick of the media only reporting bad news and I avoid watching most of the time because of this. I would watch more if they also reported good news and if they actually verified their facts before reporting the bad news. I hope the gawkers are the exception.

          • Ah, well, then that’s the difference. I gave up watching the news (or television in general) a long time ago. I consume all my news media online where it’s easier to find the more rational, moderate voices.

          • Makes sense. Frankly, it is the comments on some of news feeds on Facebook that really upset me. I removed some friends from my news feed because of comments their friends made. I will still check their walls occasionally, but I cannot handle some of the conversations.

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