What would it take to restore your faith in humanity?
Someone once bought our dinner when we were young parents. It made quite a mark on us. The foundation of this gesture was good parenting.
– Keep up the good work… time goes by so fast.
(A NOTE LEFT ON A YOUNG FAMILY’S CHECK)
Maybe its seeing someone pay it forward to a person they’ve never met.
Or seeing signs of generosity in places you thought were only interested in making money.
FREE MEAL FOR THE HOMELESS EVERY FRIDAY
(A SIGN AT AN AWESOME SUBWAY RESTAURANT)
DRY CLEANING 909
IF YOU ARE UNEMPLOYED AND NEED AN OUTFIT CLEAN FOR AN INTERVIEW, WE WILL CLEAN IT FOR FREE.
(SIGN AT A LOCAL DRY-CLEANER)
Maybe it’s seeing someone else who understands that it’s not always about winning.
(OHIO ATHLETE HELPS A COMPETITOR FINISH)
Sometimes it just about helping someone else cross the finish line.
Maybe it’s something as simple as a smile.
(A GUATEMALAN GIRL AND A TOURIST SHE JUST MET)
Or a gift for someone in need.
(A MAN GIVING HIS SHOES TO A HOMELESS GIRL IN RIO DE JANEIRO)
Or an apology…
(I’m Sorry for how the church has treated you)
(I used to be a bible-banging homophobe – SORRY!)
(I’m sorry Christians have shunned you)
(I’m sorry Christians judge you)
(CHICAGO CHRISTIANS AT A GAY PRIDE PARADE APOLOGIZING FOR HOMOPHOBIA IN THE CHURCH)
… and the relief that comes from it.
(AND THE REACTION FROM THE PARADE)
Of many its seeing someone reach out across division, across cultures to find new friends.
My name is Mohammad —-, a Muslin, living at ——–
We are observing fasting the month of Ramadhan.
On Sunday, August 7th, 2011 at 8.00 pm, I would like to invite you and your family at the occasion of breaking the fast. Dinner will be served.
Please call me to confirm, also let me know the number of family members are coming.
(AN OFFER FROM A NEIGHBOR)
Maybe it’s to find other people that realize just how silly the world can be sometimes.
(A POLL ON WHAT SNOOKI SHOULD NAME HER KID)
What should Snooki name her son?
Jionni Jr. 3%
I really don’t care. 92%
Thank you for voting.
She’s narrowed it to Lorenzo or Jionni Jr.
(A VILLAGER CARRYING STRANDED KITTENS DURING THE FLOODS IN CUTTACK CITY, INDIA)
Sometimes it helps to remember that there are good people out there.
(FIREFIGHTER ADMINISTERING OXYGEN TO CATS)
People whose instinct it is to protect the weak and the helpless to be brave.
(TWO NORWEGIAN DUDES RESCUE A LAMB)
People who don’t hesitate to help a stranger even if it’s an inconvenience or dangerous or acquires a bit of undressing in the process.
(A MAN JUMPING INTO ROUGH WATER TO RESCUE A STRANGER’S SHIH TZU IN MELBOURNE)
It helps to remember that this instinct spans generations.
(TWO KIDS COLLABORATE TO RESCUE A DOG THAT HAD FALLEN INTO A RAVINE)
That young people can act kindly without being told to and that old people will sometimes give their lives in order to spare the young.
(Japan pensioners volunteer to tackle nuclear crisis)
(SENIORS VOLUNTEER AT FUKUSHIMA SO YOUNG PEOPLE WOULDN’T BE EXPOSED TO RADIATION)
Sometimes it helps to remember that there is good in this world. Real honest good.