Bad news travels fast. I’m afraid I spread it around sometimes too.

It’s hard not to have an opinion and air it – especially when it comes to religious fundamentalism. We’ve been seeing just too much of it in recent times. Religion instead of bringing security to our lives, seems to make us so insecure that we’re willing to forego our humanness to defend the ‘gods’ we believe in.

It’s often easy then to forget the stories that don’t really make the headlines or the positive ones that do. When I read of two separate incidents of Sikh young men, willing to take off their turbans, a symbol of their religion, in the service of another, I knew I had to share them.

You might like to read about Harman Singh in New Zealand who took off his turban to cradle the head of a child injured in an accident. Closer home, and more recently, two Sikh men used their turbans to rescue four boys from drowning.

Sikhs by practice, remove their turbans only in the privacy of their homes, but all three men said that their actions were an instinctive response to a human need. They didn’t stop to check the religious beliefs of the people they were assisting. Humanity won over religious beliefs.

Then there’s the story of 17-year-old Malyk Bonnet, a young man in Canada, who went out of his way to aid the escape of a woman from her boyfriend who was abducting her. Read about this young hero here.

And most inspiring of all the stories I’ve heard in recent days is the one of Kanya Sesser, a model and an athlete born with no legs. Her mantra is: ‘No legs, no limits!’ Watch this:

 

Seek goodness everywhere, and when it is found, bring it out of its hiding place and let it be free and unashamed. – – William Saroyan

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I think that seeking goodness everywhere and sharing it with others is very much a gratitude practice. This month my gratitude list includes:

  • My husband who celebrated his birthday this month. I’ve learned never to take love and understanding for granted. I’m grateful for our relationship that allows both of us to be ourselves.
  • My family for their concern and support.
  • All those who make our lives easier by their hard work and diligence and who never cease to inspire me with their ability to be grateful for what they have.
  • My many blogger friends for their support and encouragement. Special thanks to those who by their authenticity challenge me to be more authentic in my relationships and writing.
  • The irritations and challenges of life – which ground me and make look inward more.
  • For friends who are just a phone call away.
  • For laughter and good humour that make life so much more interesting.
  • For health of body and mind and the resources to be able to afford medical care when we need it.
  • For good food and the convenience of a fresh market down the road.

In closing:

“I am so grateful for gratitude, a magical magnet:
A natural expression of a loving heart,
The power of gratitude recharges our souls,
In giving thanks we help heal the world
And increase our abundance of blessings unknown.”
–Katherine Scherer and Eileen Bodoh

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