Category: Positive News

Positive News

When we open newspapers or watch the news on television it is easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged by the amount of negative news that is the media’s focus.

And yet, throughout the world, there are many “points of light” – people and organizations who labour hard and tirelessly to make this world one that is brighter, more equitable, and responsive to the needs of the most vulnerable among us. These are the types of inspiring stories this new section will include – they can’t help but bless!

The man who moved a mountain

“True love lived always includes your neighbor. It can never be selfish or exclusive.”    Evan Mehlenbacher He was among India’s poorest of poor. He decided, if those in power would not help his people, he would. This is a man who believed in the Do-It-Yourself spirit! Without pausing for a thought, he went ahead and did…

A Preschool inside a Nursing Home? A Win-Win for All!

“Compassion… the capacity for feeling what it’s like to live inside somebody else’s skin. It is the knowledge that there never can really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.” ~ Frederick Buechner Who would have ever thought that pairing preschoolers with elderly nursing home…

Elderly Blind Man and His Armless Friend Plant Over 10,000 Trees in China

from an article by Jenny Zhang, syndicated from mymodernmet.com, Apr 27, 2015 Looking at the lush, green, tree-filled stretch of land north of the Yeli Village in Sunzhuang Township, Jingxing County, Hebei, China, it’s hard to imagine that just 12 years ago, those plains were filled with nothing but rocks and weeds. This miraculous transformation…

Nepal enters new era of peaceful worship and celebration

Based on an article by FARAH AKBAR – nbcnews.com/ ““Humankind is making amazing discoveries concerning our partners from the animal kingdom. More and more specialists believe animals have a conscience like we do and daily we are discovering their amazing abilities – while at the same time continuing to slaughter them on an increasing scale!…

An End to Great Barrier Reef Dumping Is Imminent

“We bless Mother Earth in its infinite abundance and stunning beauty, the wealth of its fauna and flora, the infinite subtlety of its growth and survival mechanisms and its mission of supporting the human race.We bless it in its ability to protect itself against the chemical and physical abuses of which it is a victim.…

Pay-As-You-Feel Cafe Feeds Thousands on Food Waste

based on an article by Cat Johnson, syndicated from shareable.net, May 03, 2015 “I bless this day for the food which blesses my table three times a day … And I say yes, yes, yes for the innumerable opportunities to bless, knowing that each sincere blessing returns to bless me too.”  Pierre Pradervand Adam Smith…

Blessing by Providing Better healthcare – aboard a ship!

“Every human being has the right to look human. To be treated as human. To have a place at the table of the human race,” states Dr. Gary Parker, Chief Medical Officer of Africa Mercy. “And when you have been deprived that seat, and it’s offered to you again . . . to be able…

Columbia – a role model for peace and reconciliation

“I decided to forgive him,” says former child soldier Colombia’s talks to end a six-decade-long civil war (in which an estimated 220,000 have been killed and thousands more abducted) .offer valuable lessons. One big one is how to create an atmosphere that can soften attitudes before hard decisions have to be made. Recently, the government…

The world’s best currency

“I am the world’s richest man because I get paid in hugs and smiles, the most valuable currency that exists. I love my children and I love my job,” says Charles Fletcher, founder of SpiritHorse, an international network of equine therapy centers that offers free riding programs to children with severe disabilities… Following his early…

The world’s most vulnerable people honored

by the awarding of the Templeton Prize 2015 to Jean Vanier “The words we all need to hear all our lives: ‘I love you … as you are.’” The Templeton Foundation recently awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize to Jean Vanier for his discovery of the central role of vulnerable people in the creation of a…

Why Love is the best ‘revenge’

“We are choosing love, not for an outcome but for the actual creation of a different reality, where cynicism cannot overshadow the real connection of Love. The norm is fear and separation, but Love is the greater reality. I don’t have to judge those who fear, I can feel compassion for them. There are wounded…

Art, Beauty and Healing

“Indeed, the subtle touches of beauty are what enable most people to survive. Yet beauty is so quietly woven through our ordinary days that we hardly notice it. Everywhere there is tenderness, care and kindness, there is beauty.”  John O’Donahue For thirty years, Lily Yeh was a professor of painting and art history at Philadelphia’s…

She has helped Thousands of Homeless Pregnant Women Rebuild Their Lives

Niko Pitney, Sr Editor, The Huffington Post, 12/19/2014 Martha Ryan’s clients are society’s most vulnerable women. They are pregnant and they are homeless. Virtually all were born into poverty, and many are battling addiction or are victims of domestic violence. And yet these women achieve extraordinary results. Over 90 percent of their high-risk pregnancies result…