I can’t help myself. I’m addicted to good news. When I was a tv reporter a million years ago, I was regularly asked why tv news insisted on leading with bad news…why the broadcast was filled with mayhem, with accidents, with sadness. There are a million answers, from the tired, ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ cliches, to the more current obsessions with reality-tv-train-wreck-obsessed mentality, to the truth that newsrooms are filled with police and emergency scanners – leading us to join first responders to the ‘scene’ of the disasters as they happen.
But, I’ve always been obsessed with the good stories – the moments that make us laugh, that fill us our heads and hearts with gratitude. The internet didn’t exist as it did when I was in TV, so I didn’t have a ‘good news scanner’ at my fingertips as I do now.
Happy me, that I can now share the beauty that I find and hopefully help you to take a little happiness in to your weekend.
Here you go: I’m positive that the news of the terror attacks in Belgium was as astonishing, as heart-wrenching and as painful for you to see as it was for me. However, as with any tragedy – I always lean on Mr. Rogers’ advice to look for the helpers. It is how I seek out the good amidst the evil, the small bits of beauty in the chaos and it is definitely how I talk to my children about situations like this. There were individuals like Ann Glorieus who turned their car in to a personal taxi service to help stranded people get home and the hashtag #openhouse was used to offer shelter to people who needed a place to stay.
For a truly much needed laugh, take a quick listen here – a regular viewer of the Ellen Show, 88-year old Gladys from Austin, Texas calls in to the show with some advice for the host and gets a call back. This woman is a hoot. And I’m not talking about Gladys.
Gladys from Austin calls into the Ellen show.I can’t stop laughing.www.IAmATexan.com
Posted by I Am A Texan on Friday, February 14, 2014
Next up…tell me you haven’t ever wished your significant other would JUST UNDERSTAND your job….especially if your job involves taking care of your two year old all day long. This mother got her wish when her husband found himself with some unexpected time off from work – EIGHT DAYS – and decided to take their daughter on a trip – just the two of them – and document what he learned – about himself, about parenting and about his little girl. It is precious. And smart.
And finally. PUPPIES. Watch this and smile. Or GRIN. Or GIGGLE. And then Share it. This is the #PowerofPuppies. I can’t get enough of it. A video collaboration between SoulPancake (with a tagline of ‘we make stuff that matters – for good reason) and Purina Dog Chow – you’ll see what happens when the #PowerofPuppies is unleashed in a preschool, a retirement home and a gym. For every view through April 23, 2016, Puppy Chow will donate a pound of Puppy Chow to Rescue Bank. Now that’s a little extra good magic, right?
Have a wonderful weekend, Friends. Do YOU have any good news to share? You know I’d love to hear it, right??