Some Good News
On this cold and dreary Monday morning at school, I needed a little pick-me-up to start my classes. So, I simply asked for some good news, and the students dutifully delivered. I heard of trips and family reunions, pets and vaccinated grandparents, new video games and Easter preparations. They looked back on the weekend and ahead to coming events, but we didn’t dwell on life a year ago. Turns out, exactly one year ago is when I first fell for Some Good News.
After undetermined numbers of sleepless nights and endless zoom meetings each day, March 2020 was the beginning of one long purgatory. On March 29th I woke pre-dawn once again, worried about that dark cloud that had taken over the world. Fear, loss, and missed opportunities seemed to never end while dominating the equally never-ending news cycle. While scanning through my newsfeed on Facebook, I happened upon this simple and perfect youtube video. It was John Krasinski and his self-produced Some Good News show. I will undeniably admit to laughing, smiling, and crying tears of emotions that I didn’t know were pent up and waiting for an outlet. 5:00 AM ugly cries can be very cathartic ways to start the day 😉
Clearly I wasn’t alone. That video is now up to 18.5 MILLION views, and the following weeks continued a rise of hope and joy and goodwill. SGN highlighted first responders, restaurants, missed high school proms and graduations, missed weddings and celebrations, all while mixing in lots of submitted good news from world citizens everywhere. Wow, if you want a time capsule of the determination and goodwill and sacrifice and passion and promise that last spring created, SGN captured it.
And that also means that any day I face in this season – the good, the bad, and the ugly – will be bearable, and lifted up by asking that simple question, “What is some good news to share today?” Sure enough, the sun was shining brightly by the time I left work for the day.
“No matter how tough life may get, there is always good in the world.” – J. Krasinski
Part of Slice of Life by Two Writing Teachers March Slice a Day Challenge! I’m slicing every day this month. Thanks for stopping by!