The Bishop of Rome Speaks of “Goodness”
“We oppose hatred and destruction with goodness. We live in societies of different cultures and religions, but we are brothers and sisters.” Pope Francis, Aug 7th, 2016 via Twitter.
The social climate of today’s social media is usually far from cordial or uplifting. This is simply the weight of the negative attention posts of negative thoughts and feelings of our fellow men and women. Pope Francis chooses to counter these messages of hate and degradation with messages of hope and kindness. We are not people separated by border or miles any longer. We are united by the internet and our ‘goodness’ can be shared as quickly as any message of blind hatred.
World Change Requires Sincere Action from Us All.
“Change starts with us as individuals. If one individual becomes more compassionate it will influence others and so we will change the world.” Dalai Lama, Sep, 6 2016, via Twitter.
The world looks to leaders and governments as if we have forgotten that these agencies and individuals are merely extensions of our will. The revered Dalai Lama in his simple wisdom offers us truth reminding us that it is within the power of each and every individual to make the changes we wish to see in the world. Small actions between friends and family. A helping hand for someone you see suffering on a daily basis is a revolution in and of itself. We are the revolution. We need not wait while ringing our hands in hopes change. We can make a change as we see fit. There is no right way to create compassion.
He saved Her 10 years Ago During Hurricane Katrina.
Master Sgt. Maroney set out to find the child who touched his heart in one of his darkest hours and on Wednesday, October 19, 2016, after a bit over a decade of searching and hoping at “#FindKatrinaKid” on social media, he was reunited with Brown on an episode of “The Real”. In late 2015 an Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. named Mike Maroney rescued an imperiled 3-year-old child named Morgan L’Shay Brown, who is now 13, and her family from the waters of hurricane-ravaged New Orleans on what himself describes as being one of the most difficult times in his life. Master Sgt. Maroney had recently returned from a rough deployment in Afghanistan before Hurricane Katrina impacted the Gulf Coast.
Aid Worker from Denmark Adopts Child
Anja Ringgren Loven is an aid worker from Denmark and the woman in this iconic photo. The picture went viral on social media and she went on to adopt the child. She named him Hope. They definitely look like a happy family together and Hope will grow up with better opportunities.
Veteran Speaks to Little Girl
Although this veteran was speaking to a little girl, he was speaking to all of the generations behind him. Such a brave thing to say and you know he means it. Respect your veterans. This picture found on Twitter is enough to bring tears to your eyes, such an innocent question with a profound answer.
Anthropology Game in Africa
Seems like such a callous game to play with kids in Africa. Yet, these kids taught the anthropologist a thing or two. It just goes to show that sharing your riches with those around you will get you farther in life than hoarding them all to yourself. We can all learn from this.
Soldier Reading Bedtime Story
This man is dedicated to his little girl. He is reading her a bedtime story over the internet while traveling. It takes time and dedication to be a father, which can be done even if you are in the military or have to travel for work. He reminds us to slow down and remember what is important.
Dad Tattoos His Head
When you are a parent, the last thing you want is for your child to feel different or get bullied because of their difference. This father took the high road and showed his son that scars are okay and it is fine to be different by getting a matching tattoo on his head. Such a sweet picture that captures unconditional love.
Dutch Bros Staff Brings Comfort
Some people go to food for comfort, but these fast food workers actually comfort the woman in the car. Turns out her husband had recently died and she couldn’t control her emotions anymore. She was probably grabbing a quick bite to eat while going through the grieving process. These guys made her day better by offering her something that no food or money can buy. Whoever posted this on Twitter helped remind everyone that kindness goes a long way.
Helping the Unemployed
Times get hard and it can be difficult to find a job. This laundromat took a step to help their fellow humans by offering to clean an outfit for free. The owners are definitely taking their job to the next level by helping those in need. Just one little gesture can change someone’s life.
Cancer Sucks – Here’s Coffee
Having cancer is difficult, but Dan brings a smile to everyone’s face by bringing coffee to the local Cancer Centers. Not only does he give it to the patients, but he gives it to the doctors, nurses, and the other hospital staff as well. He makes each day just a little bit better by bringing smiles to people’s faces who are going through hard times. It’s awesome that someone captured this moment!
Hope for the Long Run
This couple shows us that relationships really can last forever and you can be adorable no matter what your age is. Even if you are single, don’t worry, there’s someone out there for you and you’ll know when you find that special someone. This should be everyone’s relationship goal, they are the cutest couple ever.
It is every kids’ dream to win the ticket lottery, and this boy did! He received 24,000 tickets from someone who won them at Dave and Buster’s. The kid looks so shocked, like he doesn’t even know what to do. Just wait until he gets to the ticket counter and sees everything he can buy.
Tires from a Stranger
Can you imagine someone buying you a completely new set of tires? That’s what a stranger did for this person, receipt included. Tires cost a few hundred dollars, so buying them brand new can set you way behind if you are not prepared for the expense. This was a nice way for the stranger to pay it forward, and meant a lot to the person who posted it on social media.
Kids Have Big Hearts
Going to school without a lunch can be heartbreaking and embarrassing at the same time because kids can be relentless. One kid takes things into his own hands and makes lunches for kids who do not have one. How sweet is that? He is going to grow up to be an awesome human being.
Couple Truly Working Together
Ahmad has no arms and Fatima has no legs. They are a married couple who take care of each other. This is a good example of true love, caring for each other unconditionally. The key to finding the right person is someone who completes you, which these to do so wonderfully.
This Dad’s Response to His Son Coming Out
You can’t ask for a better response to coming out than this father’s response. It is so beautifully written and accepting of his gay son. Especially the part where he says “I’ve known you were gay since you were six and I’ve loved you since you were born.” That is just lovely and a heart-warming message to share with the Twittersphere.
“Just Keep Swimming”
This little girl’s optimism is inspiring as she was battling cancer. She was 13 year’s old and became an honorary CoverGirl. She died from cancer in October of 2012. She is still an inspiration to many young people battling cancer and other diseases. This is one of the most emotional stories on Ellen and went viral on Twitter.
Employees Fix Wheelchair
When this veteran’s wheelchair broke, Lowe’s employees came to the rescue. This picture perfectly captures the emotion the veteran is feeling, which is a combination of gratefulness and disbelief. This man went to war for these guy’s freedom, and they repay him with kindness. We should all be like these guys.
15 Year Old Hero
It doesn’t matter how old you are, you can still be a hero. This guy follow a car to save a five-year-old girl. It was a risky move on his part because he didn’t know what he was getting into. Eventually, the driver let the little girl out because he knew he was being followed. Good thing everyone came home safe!
Fun in Old Age
We can all learn a little something from our elders. This man is showing us that it is never too old to have fun. Can you imagine what his wife is going to think when she comes out? She’ll probably yell at him, laugh, and roll her eyes. Such a cute picture.
Always Hold an Umbrella
No matter how young or old you are, it sucks being caught out in the rain without an umbrella. If you see someone without one, just offer them to stand under yours with you. It costs nothing, doesn’t take much time, and you will make someone’s day that much brighter. Posts like this on Twitter need to happen more often!
Single Mother Dresses as Father
Being a single mother is hard on both the kids and mother, so when this school had “Donuts with Dad,” this mom didn’t want her kid to miss out. She dressed up as a man to replace this boy’s missing father. Mother of the year award goes to her for life.
This woman sets up a table with homemade food for those in need or those who are homeless. It takes some serious time and dedication to do this on a regular basis, but I’m sure the people who benefit from it are beyond grateful. There would be less hunger in the world if more people were like her. This woman probably has no idea she has a fan base on Twitter.
Carried to the Finish Line
Just a few human beings helping out another. This kid’s prosthesis failed during the run so these Marines took it upon themselves to help him finish the race. It just shows no matter what happens, there are always people out there who are willing to help, we just need to look around.
After Losing Everything, She Still has Stuff to Give
It is amazing that after all this woman has gone through, she is still thinking of the well-being of others. She offered this reporter lunch after she lost everything during the earthquake in Nepal. What a big heart this woman has, we can all learn a thing or two from her.
Being in the hospital for a couple days to a long extended period of time can be depressing. This guy plays the cello for those in the hospital. A change in routine and having some pleasant music can really make a difference in the recovery process. Plus the sound of the cello is so soothing.
Firefighter Comforts Child
Car accidents are a scary thing, even when you don’t have to go to the hospital. So imagine as a child laying in the middle of a street strapped down to a board for your safety. Pretty terrifying because at that age, you do not fully understand what is happening. This firefighter went beyond the call of duty and helped calm her down by letting her watch a movie on his phone.
See How Far Money Can Go
In the UK, 20 pounds might not seem like a lot to some people, but to this person, it made a life-changing difference. This person was able to see their father alive for the very last time. Without that 20p, they might not have made it on time. Spare change can change someone’s life.
This Guy Was Raised Right
This guy was raised right. He took his mom to prom once he found out she missed her own when she was his age. She couldn’t afford to go to hers, so he is helping her make up for it by taking her to his. Such a gentlemanly thing to do. This mom is doing everything right!
A coat that converts to a sleeping bag is a genius idea. What is even better is that she employs single parents who are homeless at her factory. This shows that she is dedicated to helping people from the ground up because she helps the people she donates her coats to.
Homeless Care Kits
Christmas can be a hard time of year for a lot of people, especially those who do not have a home. This person packed 25 backpacks with essentials to help some people out. Such a good idea! Sometimes food can be easier to find than a shower or personal care essentials.
Taking Time Out of His Schedule
This man takes time out of his own schedule to read to a man who cannot read. It shows his dedication and just the power that books can have between people. Not only does it help these people, but it allows them to make a life long connection as well.
Scarf For Those Who are Cold
This is such a genius idea, leaving scarves in the open where people have easy access to them. They can be made so easily by knitting or crocheting too. It shows that a little bit can go a long way to make someone’s day just a little bit better and warmer.
Woman Makes Dresses for Children
Sometimes all it takes to put a smile on a child’s face is a new dress. This woman makes dresses for children in Africa and makes each one different. They are so pretty an unique, it is such a thoughtful idea. Hopefully, her family continues the tradition for a long time.
This guy knows how to treat a lady. Sometimes it is just the little things that sets guys apart from men, and this is one of them. Some girls really don’t mind getting their feet wet, yet it is the gesture that makes all the difference. Be appreciative and thoughtful of one another.
He Lets a Man Sleep on His Shoulder
Sometimes, after a long day, you just need a shoulder to lean on. This man understood that and let the other man rest on his shoulder. He didn’t care about his age or race, he just knew this man needed rest. This is such a beautiful picture and speaks volumes about humanity.
Man Plays Violin for Little Girl
This little girl looks so happy to see this man playing the violin for her. Sometimes it can be difficult to get a baby to stop crying, but this guy had the perfect answer. Not only did the little girl agree, but the rest of the subway did too. So adorable.
These People Risked Their Lives
These people risked their lives to help save someone they never knew. When people come together, they can do amazing things, like brave a car that is on fire to save a person underneath it. The power of people when they come together and put their effort towards one cause is truly astonishing.
Young Boy Saves Lives
Such a sad day when this 11-year-old boy died, yet he was able to save many lives when he donated his organs. The doctors, nurses, and surgeons show their respect for the life he gave to save so many. Such an honorable sacrifice and decision to make at such a young age.