Friday, July 24, 2015

Soap Box

Let me get on my soap box for a minute.

If you watch the news on TV, whether it be local or national, it seems like there's an awful lot of bad news. I mean run for the hills bad news. Now, don't get me wrong, this world can be a dangerous place but it seems like these days we hear about it all.the.time. I can't tell you how many people who have told me they don't watch the news because it depresses them.

Let me do an informal survey and ask you to raise your hand if you're in that boat.

Look at the hands.

There are people who get knocked down by Life, you don't plan it, it just happens. There are families that need a bit of help. People who fall through the cracks and need a helping hand to get them out of those cracks. People who need help to get to the right path.

The key word there is help.

There are stories like this all over the place.

Also stories about folks who help people less fortunate than them. People who help those of us who need help.

We should hear more about them.

There are people who get up every day and do good in this world. They do it not to get rich but because it's the right thing to do.

They put out a hand when you're drowning. They help make this a better place.

They can be folks at a soup kitchen or a homeless shelter or a food bank or a foundation or a center or a school or they can be the people next door. They can be black, white or brown. It doesn't matter. What does matter is that their hearts are in the right place.

We call our favorite athletes, heroes. These are heroes.

Do I sound pollyanna-ish?


But doing things like this sure helps a person sleep at night.

Ask those that help. They'll tell you.

I say tell us about the tough stuff BUT tell us about the other stuff, too. The hope, the goodness, the caring for our fellow man.

Tell us about that.

Now, I'll get off my soap box.

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