The horrific attacks that took place in Paris on Friday have not only devastated the country of France, but broken hearts around the world. My prayers go out to the city of Paris and all those affected by these brutal attacks.
I genuinely can not understand how anyone can viciously hurt another human being, let alone murder groups of completely innocent people. Watching the news and reading about the attacks, it’s easy to wonder ‘what the f** has happened to this world?’ that’s what I have spent the past two days thinking.
So I thought I would share some uplifting and positive stories to help restore our faith in humanity and brighten up what has been a devastatingly dark weekend full of sadness. Because despite all the terror going on in the world right now, humans can be pretty dam amazing too:
Shine bright for Paris
One of the most beautiful things that happened this weekend was the outpour of Love for Paris from all around the world. “As Paris turned it’s lights out, the world switched theirs on” showing so much love and support. See all the pictures here.
In America, a Police Officer was called onto a bus because a man wasn’t wearing any shoes (it is illegal to be barefoot on the bus). It turned out the man was homeless but like everyone else just really needed to get from A to B. Rather than arrest the man, the Officer escorted him off the vehicle, and kindly purchased him a brand new pair of shoes out of his own pocket. How lovely is that? We need more people like this. Read the full story here.
Nasty Tweets become Charity Treats
A Woman in Australia who is a well-know public figure in Australia’s Muslim community, has opened up about how she constantly receives abuse on Twitter on Facebook from trolls claiming that as she is a Muslim Woman she surely must “love oppression, murder, war and sexism.” She recives death threats and request for her to leave Australia on a regular basis. How does she deal with such hideous hate online? This Amazing woman, Dr. Susan Carland, has decided to donate $1 to UNICEF for every hate tweet she receives. What an incredible way to turn Hate into a healer. I applaud her. Read the full story here.
More than a Running Buddy
More Kindness from a Police Officer, this time at the Rock’n’Roll Marathon in Savannah, Georgia. A man who turned the corner onto his last mile out of 26, took a nasty fall and tumbled, scraping his knee, shoulders and leaving a bloody mess on his face – ouch! But as he tried to stand up, stunned from what had just happened, it was Sgt. John Cain of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department that not only helped him up, but ran with him the last mile, helping him to complete the Marathon. Watch the video here
From one Driver to another
I love that there are people out there that are THIS kind. When one chap returned to his car to find a Parking ticket, he also found a note. The note was from the woman who had parked next to him and read “I’m having a good day and don’t want this to ruin yours. This one is on me. Pay it forward someday.” And with that the cash to pay the ticket had been placed inside the note. I love that one random act of kindness can spread into many (if he pays it on, he most certainly better!) Read the full story here.
Grouchy Happy Feet
And now for something that will hopefully make you smile. Next time in your grump, or sulking over something that there is absolutely no point in sulking over (err, thats me, all the time) just listen out for a funny squeak in your shoes that might make you laugh, just as this adorable little girl did. She couldn’t stay grumpy for long as her squeaky shoes made her laugh too much.
Do you have a positive or uplifting story to share? If so please leave it in the comments below, or tweet me. I think we could all do with hearing as many uplifting stories as possible at the moment.