What is it we find so boring about good news or good guys? Why don’t we, as journalists, feel that the wonderful should be celebrated just as much as the bad? I’m going to take this time and highlight the people who have done the right thing this week. I’m going to thank them and make their actions newsworthy.
As a reporter, I am forever covering news –– it sort of goes with the job title. The problem is that it tends to mostly be bad news or shocking news.
It’s mostly the bad guys who make the front pages. Good guys tend to get put on the back burner. If something awful happens, then trust me, you’re feel-good story is going to get bumped.
What is it we find so boring about good news or good guys? Why don’t we, as journalists, feel that the wonderful should be celebrated just as much as the bad?
So I’ve been thinking I’m going to try to change all that. I’m going to take this time and highlight the people who have done the right thing this week. I’m going to thank them and make their actions newsworthy.
Thank you to the middle-aged man who held the door open for me at CVS on Monday. I had three bags, my purse and my sunglasses, and I hadn’t mastered the art of carrying it all. You noticed my folly and came in front of me to open the door. I thank you.
Thank you to the red Nissan that actually stopped at the four-way stop. You made me not have to worry about my life, which was not the norm. Usually, I’m not too sure who’s stopping, and you allowed me to not have to think about that. I thank you.
Thank you to the two cars I’ve seen this week that actually used their turn signals. I’m not a mind reader, and since I’m not, it’s hard for me to know what fellow drivers are doing or are about to do. The black Pathfinder and the white Toyota mini-van who took the time to put those signals on made me feel safer as I drove home from work. I thank the both of you.
Thank you to the young girl at the Chevron station who took the time to help me when my gas cap was stuck. I felt like an idiot just standing there, not knowing what to do. I was on empty and was late for a meeting. I actually thought of calling my husband to find out what I should do, but this young lady sorted it all out for me. What could have been a stressful stiuation turned out just fine, simply because she took the time to help me out. I thank you.
Thank you to the woman I saw outside of Subway who picked up trash with her kids and put it all in the can. So often I see litter on the side of the road, and it always amazes me. Who has the audacity to throw trash out of their car windows? Well, quite a few people, I’m afraid. That mother not only made me happy but taught her children a great lesson. I thank you.
Thank you to the handful of people that have actually waved me in as I try to change lanes. With so many cars speeding along, it’s like a game of Russian roulette every time I try. You made that less of a nightmare. I thank you.
Well, there you have it. It feels good to be the bearer of some good news for a change. To those of you whose actions allowed me to turn you into newsmakers, I thank you.