There’s definitely enough bad news in the world. But, it’s our opinion here at Want The Goods that the good news far outweighs the bad. For example you will read a front page story about a plane wreck, but never see a story on the hundreds of successful flights that happen each and every day. So, here’s a “top five list” of positive news stories from around the world, and we hope this brightens your day!
1_ Recently archaeologists unearthed seeds from date palm plants from the time of Jesus. Scientists have been able to germinate these seeds and produce heirloom dates, adding flavor and genetic diversity to our crops. Besides this, both Jewish and Arab scholars have been working on this together. As we see Israel and Arab nations coming together, it’s heartening to see historic enemies rallying around a common cause. Read more here.
2_ Tragedy hit North Dakota farmer Lane Unhjem and his family when his harvesting combine caught fire and he had a heart attack. He’s at the hospital in Minot, ND doing well, but his wheat and canola crop was threatened with destruction if not harvested. And this is where his friends, neighbors, and fellow farmers stepped in bringing combines, grain carts, and trucks in to harvest his grain and get it into storage. All in all over 60 neighbors helped. Read more here.
3_ Lashenda Williams had a history of drug abuse and was homeless, living out of her car and spending each night in a Kroger parking lot when she was given an opportunity to work at the store. Co-workers and others helped with shelter and household items. “For the very first time in my life, now I know what love is,” she said Lashenda through her tears. “Now I know what friendship is.” Read more here.
4_ Although this story is a few months old, I never get tired of hearing about the generosity of diners in Paterson, New Jersey who pooled their money to give a $1200-dollar tip to their sweet waitress at the local IHOP. This act of generosity should make us all think of ways to bless those around us who serve and work for others. Read more here.
5_ Finally, there is even good news in the midst of the unusual COVID-19 restrictions we are facing. Some say the environment is getting better, carbon emissions are down, a vaccine is in the works, and people are finding new (and sometimes better) ways to learn, work, and play. Read more here.