Restoring faith in humanity
Many media outlets in this province have prominently reported on incidents of theft, increased violence and illegal drug activity in recent months. So much do, in fact, that some may be desensitized to criminal activity.
Although these are important stories to inform the public about, the positive ones seem far and few between.
Just a couple of weeks ago, Harry and Jessie Anthony of Grates Cove took home more than $13,000 from a 50/50 draw at a hockey game in St. John’s. Harry is currently undergoing treatment for prostate cancer.
Their story started as one of luck during a difficult time, but after The Compass met with them, the story grew. This couple has been spending their whole lives giving back to those less fortunate, even if it meant they would do without.
Once the story was posted on www.cbncompass.ca, it quickly received thousands of visits. It was obvious by some reader comments that some people had lost faith in others. One comment read there are not many people like that anymore. Another commenter wrote how it is good to see there are still good people in the world.
To get such a response from a story of good faith when many people barely bat an eye anymore to someone in St. John’s getting shot or a drug bust in Clarke’s Beach is appalling. The response most people get is, “what do you expect?” Has faith in humanity really deflated? With Christmas a month away, it should be a time when people remember the good that has taken place in their lives, the love amongst families and the good deeds taking place around them every day — even though most go overlooked.
Take the time this holiday season to hold the door for someone, say thank-you or donate to the local food bank. All of these deserve just as much recognition as Harry and Jessie.
Little gestures of kindness can go a long way, maybe as far as to remove some of the negative stigma attached to today’s society.
Maybe neighbours will offer a hand shovelling a walkway or a co-worker will bring a coffee to the office because you loaned them your stapler yesterday. The little things add up and may eventually become habit again.
Whether it completely obliterates the negative feelings about society, or convinces one other person to pay it forward, doing one kind gesture can make someone’s Christmas.
— Melissa Jenkins is a reporter/photographer with The Compass newspaper. She can be reached at Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org