“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Gandhi
Lately, I’ve been rather disheartened and horrified with all the crazy shit happening in the world, here’s just a few of the things making me question humanity’s moral fiber – Ferguson and the tragic deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and countless other black boys and men, the police brutality that has gone unchecked for decades, ISIS, Torture Reports, Cosby, the rape epidemic on college campuses, North Korea, school massacres, sex trafficking and that’s just yesterday’s news.
I mean really how much can humanity withstand?
But instead of dwelling on how terrible the world seems to be right now I thought I’d shift my focus to what’s right with the world.
And there are a lot of things that are right. Some more obvious than others like my children’s smiles and hugs, sunrises and sunsets, peppermint mochas from Starbucks, Super Soul Sunday, and summer concerts in the park. These are just a few of the little things that personally make my world better and right.
But here’s a little inspiration and a few reminders of what’s right with the world at large including several random and intentional acts of kindness and feel good stories that demonstrate amazing humanitarianism we can all feel good about:
1. Cops in Kansas City pulled over motorist and handed out $100 bills instead of tickets funded by an anonymous donor. Watch here:
2. #illridewithyou in response to the deadly attack in Sydney, Australia this week. A very loving response to a very tragic event.
3. In Bellingham, MA a mystery woman walks into a Toys R Us store and pays off everyone’s layaway balance for a total of $20,000.
4. Read this letter a woman wrote to her ex-husbands new wife regarding her daughter. Wow, if only we could all be that selfless, humble and compassionate.
7. The selflessness of the doctors who volunteer for Doctors Without Borders. Yes a lot of bad shit is happening around the world but many selfless doctors are stepping up to the plate and answering the call to service in the most dire of circumstances.
9. As I was doing a little research for this post I googled “what’s right with the world” and a short film came up entitled “Celebrate What’s Right With The World.” Check it out here:
10. Here’s an inspirational TedTalk on Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg:
The message to take away is simple – There is more good than bad in the world. Life is full of awe-inspiring ideas, experiences, and people. We all have something to be grateful for. And we can all be of service to make the world a better place.
Call to Action:
What can you do?
What random act of kindness can you offer someone?
How can you be of service to make the world a better place?
Then I challenge you to do something this month to show your support for humanity. It doesn’t have to be big. It can be a small but intentional, inspired and authentic act of kindness. As long as it comes from your heart it will make the world more right.