There have been many stories in the news that I have wanted to write about especially the "North Pond Hermit" Christopher Knight and his unbelievable story of solitude and survival through 27 years of Maine's relentless winters. I also know that there is a lot of talk about the bombings in Boston and a lot to talk about regarding what is going on and I know that many are reeling from the events and many have lost their faith in humanity especially if this was done by an American and was an act of domestic terrorism, scarier still is if it wasn't from an American and instead a foreigner and that despite all of our efforts and Homeland Security we are still not safe from outside attacks. There is so much I could say about this topic, both topics actually, but right now I think we need something uplifting to read to remind us that there is still good in this world. Thanks to Dana B. for reminding me that right now we need something light to read so we can get away from the depressing news we are reading everywhere else and seeing on television.
I decided to compile a few different articles that I have come across recently that has helped restore my faith in humanity and helped to remind me that despite all of the bad we see and hear everyday there are also a lot of good things that are happening that don't always make the front pages or get posted at the top of our newsfeeds online.
Yesterday morning on my way to take my daughter Bella on a bike ride, to our dismay we realized her cherished Minnie Mouse bike that Santa brought her had been stolen, along with our jogging stroller. To say we were heartbroken is an understatement. Through many tears and reassuring hugs I managed to call in a police report. This afternoon I received a call from Officer Kohr that he was on his way... with a brand new Princess bike. He not only surprised her with a bike that is her favorite color featuring her favorite princess he took the time to teach her how to ride it. This is kindness and selflessness at its finest. This officer went well above his call of duty and took the time to make a little girls day. I can not fully express how grateful I am. He has left such an impression in our hearts, and am thoroughly impressed with his generosity. Thank you once again Officer Kohr.
Homeless Man Returns Engagement Ring Worth Over $4000
Billy Ray Harris
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A homeless Kansas City man will soon have well over $100,000 after returning an engagement ring to a woman who accidentally dropped it in his cup earlier this month.
"I think in our world we often jump to like the worst conclusion, and it just makes you realize that there are good people out there," said Sarah Darling, whose fiancé set up a website seeking donations for Billy Ray Harris, the man who found the ring. By Monday, more than 6,000 people had donated more than $145,000 to the fund.
Harris, who frequently panhandles on Kansas City's Country Club Plaza, discovered the ring about an hour after Darling dumped spare change from her coin purse into his cup. She had taken off her ring earlier that day and put it with the coins.
"The ring was so big that I knew if it was real, it was expensive," Harris told KCTV.
Darling was horrorstruck when she realized the next day what she had done. She went back to Harris, squatted beside him and told him that she might have given him something valuable.
"'Was it a ring?'" he recalled asking her. "And she says, 'Yeah.' And I said 'Well, I have it.' "
Darling gave Harris all the cash she had in her wallet at the time.
"It seemed like a miracle," Darling said. "I thought for sure there was no way I would get it back."
In explaining why he didn't keep the ring, Harris said he had a religious upbringing.
"My grandfather was a reverend," Harris said. "He raised me from the time I was 6 months old and thank the good Lord, it's a blessing, but I do still have some character."
Family Throws Birthday Parties for Thousands of Homeless Children
Around their son’s third birthday, it dawned on Amy and John Cervantes that the joy, love and recognition their little boy, Alex, received on his big day — surrounded by new toys, family and friends — was absent from many children’s lives.
So in 2005 the Cervantes family, who had been looking for a service project for their growing brood, began throwing birthday parties for homeless children who otherwise might not get to celebrate the day they were born.
“We wanted to get our kids involved and it can be hard to find suitable places for children,” Amy Cervantes told TODAY.com. “For young children, a lot of things are very abstract. Something like a birthday every child understands: What if their day came and no one came to celebrate with them?”
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Christian The Lion
This is not a new story but is extremely heartwarming and also amazing.
The link above is a great site that I came across while searching for the links to the stories above. The people behind the website and their readers either leave random letters of inspiration or encouragement somewhere they have been for someone to stumble upon or you can request that a letter be sent to someone you know who could use a bit of cheering up. There is also a page on the site that you can go to see the letters that people have found and hear how it cheered them up. I think it is a wonderful idea and I can't wait to write my random love letter and leave it somewhere in my travels this week.
So I was at a used bookstore in North Hollywood and was just leaving and stopped to look at the ads and stuff posted on the pinboard and I saw this orange evnvelope just laying there. I thought maybe someone forgot their bday card. So I picked and it said it was for me! Yes, me! And so I opened it and it had an insert from Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll and a little envelope with flowers seeds in it to plant with instructions. My reaction to this was complete joy. It was perfect and I felt so lucky. The message of the card was at the perfect time because I really needed to hear that. I cannot thank whoever left this beautiful little gift.
I was having a down day and swallowed up in mid-term stress when I found this letter. I saw the corner of an envelope sticking out from between the cushions of the library chair I was curled up in studying. I pulled it out, thinking it must have been lost or left behind, and found this note:
Dear beautiful stranger,
This is for you! You may or may not be having a nice day. Regardless, you are beautiful, smart, daring, and so much more. “To love yourself is to begin a lifelong romance” – Oscar Wilde. I hope this brightens your day!
There are many more for you to read on the website.
I leave you with this, despite all of the negativity in the world and all of the unknowns that can leave us fearful and uncertain there is also so much beauty in the world that surrounds us at any given time and beauty can come in the form of many things since it is all in the eye of the beholder so don't forget to stop and admire the beauty in something that you otherwise may overlook or take for granted.