I want to give a hug to the 99 percent of humanity who will awake with the sun today and try to do it all right before falling into bed at the end of
Most of us do the best we can to take care of our families, pay our bills, keep our homes running, and hold our chins up in what I believe are some of
the most turbulent times in human history.
There's no one in the world that is assigned to the task of thanking you for doing no harm, for hanging in there and keeping the faith, so I anointed
myself Chief Thanker today, if that's okay with you.
We don't focus enough on what is right with the world. Even if it seems to be a small list, I want to remind you that all around us there are regular
folks doing heroic things, and small miracles and acts of kindness continually sprout up in the daily course of human life that often go unnoticed.
I bet you never heard of the guy who walked into a bar in Roswell, Georgia and walked out with a new kidney. The man had lost both his kidneys to
cancer, and the waitress, who had lost her beloved grandmother to kidney failure, offered him one of hers.
Today, both patient and donor are doing well after surgery and recovering in an Atlanta hospital.
And maybe you didn't know that celebrity chef Jose Andres is in Puerto Rico right now feeding hungry survivors after Hurricane Maria devastated the
He hopes to serve up 45,000 meals over the course of his stay and the menu sounds good: ten thousand sandwiches, ten thousand chicken with rice
dishes, along with big vats of paella—-all served up in huge roadside pots.
And while we might not not be feeling lots of love for our professional football players this month, wait until you hear what Houston rookie pro
player Deshaun Watson did last week: he handed over his first paycheck to three stadium cafeteria workers who had lost everything in Hurricane
That $28,000 will go a long way in helping those three women get back on their feet.
“For what you all do for us every day and never complain, I really appreciate you all, so I wanted to give my first game check to y'all to help
y'all out in some type of way," Watson told them. “Here you guys go."
After he handed them his paycheck, there wasn't a dry eye in the cafeteria, or the city of Houston for that matter.
And I probably don't need to remind you how many selfless people are out there taking good care of our abused or missing furry friends.
Just last week, two hikers climbed up a steep mountain in Colorado to rescue a pup who had been stranded on top for a month.
The hikers had heard rumors of a barking dog in their mountainous neighborhood, so they set out and called for the dog for four hours with no
response. But they refused to give up. The couple climbed chute after chute and finally heard a faint bark.
“We got her!” one of the hikers yelled.
The once 90-pound dog weighed just 26 pounds when she was returned to her owners that day, but she is now recovering.
And how about the man at a Target store in Oklahoma who handed a $20 dollar bill to a two-year-old boy in a shopping cart?
The boy had been admiring three toy dinosaurs and the man told his mother to buy them for him.
“I just lost my own baby grandson last week,” the man said, “so it would make me happy to do something nice for your son today.”
The recent hurricanes gave humanity a giant peek at how selfless and good people truly are: there was the millionaire who opened his home to 60 foster
kids whose homes didn't have power; the sports figure who raised more than 30 million dollars for victims of Harvey in Houston; the hundreds of
rescues of victims and pets by everyday-people-turned-heroes in canoes and fishing boats.
There was the man at a Florida Home Depot buying the last generator who gave it up for the woman crying behind him who had children to feed.
The store rewarded him by giving him a free generator when the next shipment came in.
And there were dozens of stories of newly-minted heroes last week in Las Vegas.
There is an abundance of good on this earth. We, the downtrodden, dealing with corrupt politicians and high food bills and the outsourcing of our jobs
and high rates of cancer and the horrible news blasting away on our television sets…
We are capable of such goodness.
And so I, just one of the grateful today, want to truly thank you for letting your good shine through.
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