What Makes A Positive Story?

Each morning, I seek out stories that I hope will inspire readers to want to be an “instrument” of change in their own communities and families.

So what makes a story positive in my way of thinking? I want stories that may bring a tear to your eye. (Just this morning I read about a baby that was rescued. I am glad the child was rescued yet my heart goes out to the parents.) Another story that I think is important is the story of a hero. A first responder who risked all to change lives.

I want stories that may bring a tear to your eye. (Just this morning I read about a baby that was rescued. I am glad the child was rescued yet my heart goes out to the parents.) Another story that I think is important is the story of a hero. A first responder who risked all to change lives.

I do like “feel good” stories but not all positive news is the same. And while I like animals and babies I want more than that for my readers.

Another story that I think is important is the story of a hero. A first responder who risked all to change lives. That always reminds me of the brave men and women during a dark day in our recent history…9/11. (But I also think a mom or dad can be a hero to their children.

Stories of giving and benevolence always excite me. The idea of paying for someone’s coffee, groceries or gas always amaze me. Often touching me more than a person who gives a million dollars to someone.

What about sportsmanship and respect for others? In a world often torn with division, the person who lifts another to their feet is often unseen yet changes lives.

I often have been accused of being Pollyanna-ish in my optimism and pursuit of goodness and gratitude. Some people think I am naive about “what is really going on”.  You would be mistaken. I do read the news. But as someone who could have been called a news junkie, the majority of news grates on me in this place in my life.

The current culture seems to be divisive and polarized, while seemingly void of respectful debate. But, there is a part of me that knows that is not the real truth. All those “gotcha” moments, sound bites and political prancing are often just a piece of the puzzle.

When I walk around my community here in Keene, I see people picking up litter, having conversations with the homeless, customers being served well and people smiling.

I am reminded of the story I heard as a child of the two travelers and the farmer.

A traveler came upon an old farmer hoeing in his field beside the road. Eager to rest his feet, the wanderer hailed the countryman, who seemed happy enough to straighten his back and talk for a moment.

“What sort of people live in the next town?” asked the stranger.

“What were the people like where you’ve come from?” replied the farmer, answering the question with another question.

“They were a bad lot. Troublemakers all, and lazy too. The most selfish people in the world, and not a one of them to be trusted. I’m happy to be leaving the scoundrels.”

“Is that so?” replied the old farmer. “Well, I’m afraid that you’ll find the same sort in the next town.

Disappointed, the traveler trudged on his way, and the farmer returned to his work.

Some time later another stranger, coming from the same direction, hailed the farmer, and they stopped to talk. “What sort of people live in the next town?” he asked.

“What were the people like where you’ve come from?” replied the farmer once again.

“They were the best people in the world. Hard working, honest, and friendly. I’m sorry to be leaving them.”

“Fear not,” said the farmer. “You’ll find the same sort in the next town.”

It is my sincere hope that you will see if we seek and pursue the positive, the good, we will see more of it.

I want to raise enough money to begin to bring writers and bloggers on board that will bring you the news of unsung heroes in the midst of disasters, of people paying it forward and communities that are changed by the positive outlook and benevolence of others.

I hope you will join me on this journey. For I imagine that we can change the world

If you would like to connect with me, please do.  If you are interested in writing, sharing photography or have a great link to a positive story, please send them on.

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