A Candle in a Dark Wind #WATWB

Social media has the potential to introduce and unite people around the world. Through social media, we can meet people from other countries, other cultures, other backgrounds, and realize that for all our differences, we share common needs and wants. It’s incredibly hard to hate people you’ve come to know, to share joys and heartaches with, to bridge experience gaps with through laughter and learning. It seems, sometimes, that there are people out there who’d throw a monkey wrench into all that – as if keeping us apart, encouraging us to think of one another as “other” and something to be feared and distrusted, might actually serve them better than if we all learned to like and respect one another. Social media doesn’t make monsters of nice people; it enables the monsters among us to find one another faster.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could make those people – the mean-spirited, hateful, bigoted monsters – irrelevant, and just get on with learning to get along? Like Joe Thomas, a waiter at IHOP in Springfield, Illinois, who shows what it means to really take care of his customers:

Posted by Holly Jahangiri on Thursday, March 30, 2017

And how about Florence Rigney, who, at 91, is the oldest working registered nurse in the US – maybe the world! – and is an inspiration to co-workers half her age. More companies would do well to hire and encourage older workers to stay active in the workforce, if only to goad the younger ones on. “You can never have a moment where you go, ‘Ugh, I’m too tired,'” hospital technician Greg Foland said. “If you hesitate for even a second she’ll just keep on going.” Read more about SeeSee Rigney, who began her career around the time penicillin was discovered, here:

Want to read more stories like these? The We Are the World Blogfest#WATWB – was inspired by a simple conversation about how all the negativity on social media was weighing on us. Wanting to make a difference we decided to try to do our part to infuse social media with all the good stories that are out there, the stories that show kindness, compassion, hope and the resilience of the human spirit. With your help, we hope to change the current landscape of social media, blogs, and news.

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Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle; A Puppy, Not a Guppy; Innocents & Demons; and A New Leaf for Lyle. You can find her books on Amazon at http://amazon.com/author/hollyjahangiri. For more information on her children's books, please visit http://jahangiri.us/books.

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12 thoughts on “A Candle in a Dark Wind #WATWB”

  1. Lovely post on helping out!
    You might want to change your cautionary “terse” comment if you participate in blogfests. Many people will visit (like me) who are trying to visit many blogs and just want you to know they read your post. I don’t comment if I don’t read… and I don’t read them all!

    1. Then just click the “Like” button, Kate. The minimum words is an anti-spam measure; it’s there to ensure that real comments, written and typed out by real people, don’t get buried under mounds of garbage posted by bots. It works. Removing the message would only confuse people whose comments didn’t go through. It’s there to let real people know how to fix the problem. I apologize for the inconvenience, but the day it stopped 16,000+ auto-comments from China – every HOUR – I resolved to keep it as is.

  2. Thank you for the shoutout on these two inspirational people. I still go back and forth, thinking about whether or not people are truly good, or truly evil – I know we are a little of both, but how can a species produce people like the two you highlighted, and then people whose hate affiliations I won’t even mention here. How?
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    1. I wish I knew. But some days, we need loud and frequent reminders of people like THESE, don’t we? Because bad attention is still attention, and the good folks don’t crave it as much as the evil folks. The media gets played. And they play us. But if there were less demand from us – they’d have less incentive to highlight bad acts. There was a big push, you know, to highlight the victims and relegate mass murderers to obscurity by not naming them or talking about them so much. I think that’s what’s needed, at least where it’s not NECESSARY to name them/shame them in the news. There are bad actors in power, affecting our daily lives through their actions, and specificity is needed when talking about who is doing what. But once they’re no longer relevant, they shouldn’t get so much attention. The good people should have it lavished on them, if they can stand it (let’s not let attention become a nuisance or a deterrent to them, either!) 🙂

    1. I, for one, NEED to hear more about the ones who walk among us, lest I start believing I live in the midst of an evil, zombie apocalypse. Just trying to do my small part to “pay it forward” and encourage others – who knows, maybe even the mainstream media! – to do the same, more frequently.

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