Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What Went Right In The World Today?

I don't know about you but I find myself more and more frustrated with how every time I turn on the news, listen to the radio or click on a web page I just hear an ongoing chase and race to report the worst possible news. Somehow, like a wreck on the side of the highway, the worse it is the more attention it gets. It gets old.

Listen, I'm not saying that I don't need or want to know about developing news, natural disasters, what our soldiers are dealing with in their day to day battles, political turmoil in developing countries, how people are struggling to find and maintain jobs and how far and wide the oil spill has spread. I do need to know this. These topics do deserve the attention and mindfulness of my conscious. But hour after hour, day after day, I find myself wondering what went right in the world today? Am I selfish or simply naive to wish that just a bit of time was purposely dedicated to recognizing "good" things?

So, I decided that instead of wishing someone would do this, I should do it myself. Forgive for the format and the randomness but here are some of the things that I found out went right in the world today:

Israel: It was announced today that Sandra Samuel will have the process of becoming an Israeli Citizen expedited. You may not recognize her name but she is the nanny who saved little Moshe Holtzberg in 2008 during the 3 day terror attack in Mumbai that left both of Moshe's parents dead. When she heard him crying for her, she came out of hiding, grabbed him and ran through the terror and saved his life. She returned to Israel with him, pledging to stay with him for as long as she needed him but at first she has had trouble with getting a visa to allow her to stay. Today the news broke that she has been given temporary residential status and is on her way to citizenship.

Colorado: Chris Wuebben, a veteran who had just recently returned home from serving two tours as an EMT in Iraq, was delivering a pizza to a home in Lakewood Colorado. Inside, just moments before Chris rang the doorbell, one of the homeowners collapsed. Chris answered the call of help from the family as they opened the door. He dropped the 'za and immediately started performing CPR. He is credited with saving the homeowners life by being there just moments after the collapse.

South Africa: A new contraceptive gel for women has been developed that reports to cut a woman's chance of being infected with HIV by 50%. While not licensed everywhere around the world yet, this is an exciting development for women everywhere - especially in Africa where the HIV epidemic rages on.

Ok, so this is just a snippet of what went right in the world today. I would love it if you would post what went right in your world today, from the local school sports team to good news in a far off land. Here's hoping!


  1. Love the idea! I am your very first follower :)

  2. LOVE this, Johanna. I sometimes like to look at www.dooce.com and there is a funny but VERY heartwarming story posted today.