Thursday, May 16, 2013

The news doesn't have to be all bad

The recent bombing at the Boston Marathon, the arrest of an Ohio man accused of kidnapping and holding three women, the brutal murder of an 8-year-old girl (possibly by her 12-year-old brother), a lengthy stand-off with a man holding hostages in New Jersey, and the numerous other bad news stories that have been coming our way lately, might give us reason to despair or even give up.  Is the world spinning out of control?  Is there nothing but bad news anymore?

Well, there will be those, there always are, who say things are getting worse and that there is no more good.  I am not one of them.  Yes, it is hard seeing the seemingly endless parade of horror in our newspapers on on television, but the news does not have to be all bad.  Journalism might be out of control, and there is indeed a lot of bad out there, but there is also an awful lot of good.  We can work hard to eliminate that bad - we ALL have a stake in it you know.  We need to care.  We need to be responsive to the people around us.  We can also demand that our tv newscasts show us the good in our world, because there really is a lot of it.

From time-to-time I tell you about some amazing people here.  A little over a week ago I told you about Go Inspire Go and their 50/50 Campaign which will bring you the good news of some amazing people from all fifty states.  The Jubilee Project also regularly shows us good and positive things around us.  We can even make some good news ourselves.  Plan a project that will benefit others and while you are executing it, let your local media know.  The publicity might encourage you to do a better job and the good news will certainly boost or feelings.

We have the power to make things better.  We have the power to turn the bad news into good.  All we have to do is go to work at it!

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