I don't know about you, but every now and then I have to pull back from the unrelenting bad news of the world and just take a break -- stare out my window, listen to the birds and watch the sunlight filter through the full-on green of the forsythia bushes that run along two sides of the house, even taking in the sounds of intermittent truck traffic as somehow reassuring.
Then I go trolling like a junkie in search of some good news. It's always there. I simply forget it sometimes as the noise of the catastrophes (and they are real) drowns out what I know is also there -- small and large glimmers of the glorious.
Here are 7 I found today:
1. Acts of kindness in Ferguson, as neighbors help each other and good deeds all but escape unnoticed by the larger world. Huffington Post
2. Sir Nicholas Winton turned 105 today. He helped smuggle over 600 children destined for the camps out of Nazi strongholds to Great Britain. And Great Britain took them in. Something to remember, I think.
3. An Imam in Calgary speaks out against ISIS. And so does Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti (top religious leader in the country), who calls ISIS and Al-Qaeda ‘enemy number one of Islam’. Huffington Post Yes, ‘they’ do speak out – they, Muslims, they, religious leaders, they, not of ‘us’, they. ‘We’ just don’t always know it. The Daily Beast
4. People of faith, like people of no faith, struggle with things like illness and dying every day. For people of faith, contrary to all objective reason, often their faith is deepened rather than not by the challenges they face. And people of faith experience that as a good thing. It's happening again today.
5. Nuns are still getting on the bus.
6. Governmental minds can be and are changed.
7. Enemies became friends today. I’m not sure where exactly, but it happens every day, so I’m pretty sure it happened today.
That's my list of good news for today. I wonder what's on your list?