Silver Lining Saturdays: Get High on Positivity
If you’re ever going to find a silver lining, it’s got to be a cloudy day. Last week, hurricanes raged, floods roared. But in the midst of all this, humanity and happiness shone through. Let’s wrap them up.
The Real Justice League
The greatest deed a human being can do is to put a smile on a grieving face. And that’s exactly what photographer Josh Rossi did. He chose six kids with unique disabilities and shot them dressed up as their favorite Justice League member. The ecstatic reactions of the kids, who are fighting much more than super villains, will definitely make your day. Here is the link to Josh Rossi’s YouTube channel for more videos like this. Keep up the good work man!
Order amongst Chaos
I suppose nothing more needs to be written about the picture above. Traffic is a big problem in India and many times the congestion is created by us not abiding by the rules. Everybody is in a hurry to reach their respective destinations and in that hurry, we constantly try to get to the front of the line. We just don’t care that by doing so we are adding to the chaos. We are so used to these that the picture above is shocking. I would like to see this picture on every traffic signal as a model for ideal traffic behavior. If only we could learn!
Hear Me Roar!
We all hear regularly about the atrocities of war. One such news was of Dana, a pregnant lion trapped in the zoo of Aleppo in the midst of Syrian civil war. Thanks to charity foundation Four Paws, she was rescued and airlifted, along with other animals to the Al Ma’wa for Nature and Wildlife sanctuary in northern Jordan. Just hours after the landing, the lioness gave birth to her cub.
Both mother and child are happy and healthy. “She cleaned the cub and nursed it. This is a true sign that she feels safe at Al Ma’wa,” reported Four Paws UK Facebook page. [source: goodnewsnetwork]
Ask and You Shall Receive
Some news articles are not that big in scope. They just put a little smile on your face and you feel good at that moment. I came across something like this on Storypick. Bhawani Shankar bought a brand new car and he was feeling very happy. Pretty standard, right? Well, he went a step further and got it published in a newspaper.
Enough hate, Do one good thing today, pls wish Bhawani Shankar Ji on Whatsapp 😊 pic.twitter.com/kJPS97h3kw
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) August 26, 2017
One kind twitter user congratulated him and that was enough for others to join in. And it is astonishingly beautiful how these many people took out time from their busy schedule just to congratulate him. Keep spreading the smile.
Bravery and Heroism
It is not every day that we hear positive stories about our police department. Although there is no doubt that there are plenty of brave and honest policemen working today, it seems that all of that is limited to the silver screen. Not this week though. Meet head-constable Abhishek Patel. He ran a kilometer with a 10 KG unexploded artillery bomb to save 400 children. The artillery was found in a school in Madhya Pradesh’ Sagar district which houses that many children. Salute to his unconditional act of bravery. He is indeed a true hero. Read the full story here.
Racism Not OK
The allegation of whitewashing is a long persisting one in Hollywood. Whitewashing is a casting practice in the film industry of the United States in which white actors are cast in historically non-white character roles. The issue is definitely serious but seldom we see someone stand up against it. That’s not the case with Ed Skrein. In an unprecedented move, Deadpool star Ed Skrein has released a statement, announcing his exit from the Hellboy reboot after last week’s whitewashing controversy. He was reportedly cast as Major Daimio, who is mainly known as a character of mixed Asian origin. Following Ed’s announcement, Lionsgate has issued a statement that they are going to recast the role “with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material.” Good Riddance!
Baba Behind Bars
I know I included the conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim in my previous silver lining Saturdays, but the epic nature of his jail term has to be included this week also. He cried, he begged, he even got “sick”, but to no avail. The court sent him to jail for good 20 years, 10 years each for each of the convictions. See you later, Messenger!
To Help is Human
Mumbai has been by the worst monsoon in years and the distress of people cannot be expressed adequately in words. It is truly great to see the help pouring in from all directions. Some people used the power of social media to help those in need. Hashtags like #RainHosts and #MumbaiRains dominated the social media.People forgot
Stuck in Mumbai? We are offering free shelter at select hotels, call us on 9313931393 & we’ll guide you to the nearest shelter #MumbaiRains
— OYO (@oyorooms) August 29, 2017
Temples, Mosques, and Churches opened their doors for stranded people. Ola and Uber offered free rides in the city. Companies offered meals to employees stranded in the office. Honestly, a full article can be written on the sheer presence of pure compassion and humanity during this time of distress.
In one of the stand-out incidents, a 33-year pregnant journalist Urmila Dethe was rescued by Mumbai Fire Brigade after being stranded for 12 hours in a local train compartment. All this time she was supplied with food and water by the good samaritans of the locality.
The spirit of Mumbai, India, and humanity really overcame dire situations of suffering hopelessness.
Hurricane Harvey is the new face of the wrath of Mother Nature crashing down on civilization. And just like in case of Mumbai Floods, help arrived from all sides. People, without waiting for authorities and officials, engaged themselves voluntarily to rescue the victims of the storm. Even journalists stopped their reporting to help stranded people (source). John Brown, Dale Montalban, Cassandra Luna are few the many volunteers working selflessly in the rescue operations. No one paid them, no one sent them. Yet, they exposed themselves to heavy rains and ominous warnings of the hurricane, rescuing people they never even met once (source). And if you are still in doubt about the selfless nature in which people engaged themselves, watch the video below.
Join the good Samaritans. Go to these links and contribute.
-Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/
– Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org
– RNRN Disaster Relief Fund (National Nurses United): http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/p…
– Center for Disaster Philanthropy (Facebook will match donations up to 1 million dollars): https://www.facebook.com/funds4disaster
That’s a wrap for today! Do you have any stories of your own? Please share in the comments. Feel free to like, share and subscribe. See you next week.