2/03/19 - 2/10/19
It’s easy to get bogged down by the overwhelmingly pessimistic news that surrounds us. We live in a world where it is more acceptable to be sad than happy; it is natural to complain about our problems rather than celebrate our successes.
There is no notion that good and bad cancel each other out, which means everything that happens, regardless of how happy or sad it makes us, must be considered on an individual basis and given the attention it deserves.
As a reminder to all of us, inCon has created a column where we will share 4 pieces of news to celebrate throughout the week. Our mission is to give you a reason to smile, despite the tough week you may have had or heard of. It is our way to keep you going, even when you may feel like stopping.
Without further ado, here is this week’s news:
In light of the recent polar vortex, Montreal converted its iconic hospital into a shelter for homeless people and their pets. Their mission was simple: “No one sleeps in the cold.”
The students, parents, and teachers of Sherwood Forest Elementary in Winston-Salem, North Carolina greeted their crossing guard, Wallace Peoples, with lots of love, a new car, and a check for $2,500. The people had recently learned that Wallace had fallen sick during Christmas, spending the night in the hospital, and his car had broken down. Wallace had tears in his eyes as he realized the impact he had on his people, and he continues to return to his job with a smile everyday.
Chimp Haven, which is a national chimpanzee sanctuary in Louisiana, received an anonymous $2 million donation which is now being used to provide a home for over 200 chimpanzees currently living in research facilities. These chimps are now closer to retirement, and Chimp Haven can continue to build more habitats and expand veterinary care suites.
Antonia Bundy, a police officer at the Lafayette Police Department, walked a boy through a math problem as he dialed 911 to report an emergency: he had a really bad day at school. Rather than telling the boy that she could not handle non-emergency situations, Antonia asked the boy why he had a bad day and after he told her he needed help with his math homework, she patiently assisted him. Antonia told the boy, “We are always here for you.”
Sometimes, we forget to have faith; we lose hope in the goodness that lies in our humanity. We wish for this column to inspire you to keep moving forward and continue to look for the small things which are worth celebrating. Every success is a stepping stone towards a happier and healthier society.