It’s been tough lately.
First, there was the death of a young race car driver – a bizarre incident involving one of racing’s biggest stars. Days later, America mourned the loss of a beloved actor and comedian. Then, unrest in a small Missouri town where the fatal shooting of a teenager by a police officer prompted anger, protests, riots and looting.
On the other side of the globe, there were new fears about the spread of the Ebola virus. And of course, there remains much anxiety over events in the Middle East, particularly Iraq and the Gaza Strip.
For several days in August, it seemed hard to escape the steady barrage of sad, disturbing or depressing headlines.
Of course, there’s still plenty of good news to be found – it just gets drowned out by the bad. All around us, people are going above and beyond to serve others. Folks are helping their neighbors, lending a hand to those in need and raising funds for important causes. Here are some nuggets of good news:
Certainly, we hope the weeks ahead bring much happier major headlines. But during those times when national or world events can bring our spirits down, we can embrace the positive – such as the article I read last week about retired marine Lance Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, the recent Medal of Honor recipient from Lexington County.
Carpenter spent three years in hospitals recovering from injuries he suffered in Afghanistan risking his life while protecting a fellow marine. Still, he wants to continue giving, and he’s working to organize and promote a charity 5K run in September. “I wanted to give back,” he told a Columbia newspaper. “I wanted to be a part of something. I wanted to volunteer.”
Even in a tough news week, we can choose to take comfort in that which is uplifting. And we can help spread the word about positive achievements and acts of kindness, so that the bad news of the day doesn’t obscure the good deeds of those around us.
Richard Eckstrom is a CPA and the state’s comptroller.