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Seek Goodness Everywhere #GratitudeCircle

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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Our Gratitude Circle post is a regular feature on the 4th Thursday of every month.

Join Vidya Sury and me by writing a gratitude post and linking in to us and adding your linky to our Gratitude Circle Hop post. The linky is open for a whole month. Add this pretty badge to your post/ site and visit and read the other posts linked.

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31 Comments

  1. […] Gratitude is something that is very close to my heart and I know that it is for Kathy too. In fact she undertakes a regular Gratitude Challenge, so it seemed natural to write a post on the subject. […]

  2. Laurel Regan Laurel Regan November 1, 2015

    Thank you so much for sharing these inspirational stories! I think things like this happen far more than we know, but the sensational headlines take up all the space. Thank you, too, for sharing your gratitude list and this linkup. 🙂

  3. Rena McDaniel Rena McDaniel October 31, 2015

    Life is so much easier when you can come from a place of gratitude. Lovely piece Corinne!

  4. nabanita nabanita October 31, 2015

    Such an important point you make Corinne..There seems to be a mad dash to spread negativity and all things wrong…Wonder why the good deeds, the events where humanity trumps religion aren’t spoken about…So important to note the good things, however small, and make sure that echoes in the world

  5. Parul Parul October 31, 2015

    Kanya is such an inspiration. I loved her confidence and the honesty in her eyes. Your post is beautiful Corinne and that quote adds to the message that you are sharing. Life is a long game and unless we are grateful for what we have, we can’t stay happy. Your list is a reminder of that. Beautiful!

  6. Kathy Kathy October 31, 2015

    Hi Corinne! I so agree with you! Seeking goodness helps to accentuate those things we have to be grateful for in our lives. So much of it comes down to, “do you think the Universe is friendly or not?” How we answer that question pretty much determines everything we do. When you seek the good you KNOW the Universe is friendly. We all have so very much to be grateful for! ~Kathy

  7. Tina Tina October 31, 2015

    What a beautifully written post. Reading this made my day. Agreed that we should always have a sense of gratitude!

  8. Kimberly Kimberly October 30, 2015

    Gratitude is one of the most powerful attitudes we can express in life. What a beautiful and inspiring post Corinne! Thank you for sharing and I will be sure to link up to your Gratitude Circle next week!
    Kimberly XO

  9. Laurie Oien Laurie Oien October 30, 2015

    It’s true! I believe attitude and gratitude are some important pieces to making your life happy. Thanks for sharing the “no legs, no limits” story. She’s amazing and she has great “attitude!” I’ll have to participate in the Gratitude Circle next month. I’m pinning the Dandelion quote too!!

  10. Katy Kozees Katy Kozees October 30, 2015

    I love this post and the stories you told of the men acting instinctively to help others. You write with such warmth.

  11. Brenda Pace Brenda Pace October 30, 2015

    What an inspirational and heartfelt post! Is it possible to feel this inspiration day and of so, how? I go I spurts and would love a daily reminder like this. 🙂
    Happy Friday!

  12. Sherry Macdonald Sherry Macdonald October 30, 2015

    Great post! Very inspiring. I will have to follow the circle. Loved all the quotes and most of all the dandelion quote. It made me stop and think. Thanks so much.

  13. Helene Cohen Bludman Helene Cohen Bludman October 30, 2015

    Beautiful post, Corinne, and the dandelion quote is wonderful. What a positive way to look at life!

  14. Talya Tate Boerner Talya Tate Boerner October 30, 2015

    I love that you’re focusing on the good. Gratitude builds hope and that’s something we all need.

  15. Leanne Leanne October 30, 2015

    there’s is so much in life we take for granted and we forget to stop and appreciate the many blessings that we encounter every day. Even having legs is such a bonus – but obviously not a complete setback!

  16. Kathleen Kathleen October 30, 2015

    Thanks for a lovely post Corinne. I am thankful that I was born into a culture that teaches the values that you talk about. I wonder what I would be like if I was born into a culture that taught the value of violence and hatred. It seems that the cultures that teaches the good values that we cherish get polluted by the other. The war of good and evil continues.
    Kathleen (MBA)

  17. Anamika Agnihotri Anamika Agnihotri October 30, 2015

    The news channels hardly give positive news where people go beyond their religious beliefs and do good for humanity. It is always some or the other scandal they telecast. It is worth a message to share anything good and positive happening around us, blowing it out of proportion thereby letting people believe that goodness and humanity are not lost traits in today’s times.

  18. Karen McDonough Karen McDonough October 30, 2015

    Wow! That no legs, no limits girl is pretty amazing. She seems so cool and confident. She’s gorgeous too.

  19. Esha Esha October 30, 2015

    I’m amazed at the positivity and confidence of this young lady! And the three lads who would put our fanatics to shame by what they did to save fellow beings. Thanks for sharing such a positive post, Corinne 🙂

  20. Mahathi Ramya Mahathi Ramya October 30, 2015

    Thanks for sharing info about those great people who gave importance to humanity than religion. Great gratitude list Corinne..

  21. nan nan October 30, 2015

    I love that quote by Saroyan. I often lament that the news pretty much only focuses on bad claiming that’s what sells. I don’t think that is true – I think good news is far more heartwarming and people really want to read it. I like the bits you brought out about the men helping others. Being a purveyor of good news (and gratitude) is vital in this very negative world!!

  22. Cathy Chester Cathy Chester October 29, 2015

    My soul feels so lifted when I read your work, Corinne. You inspire and empower me and make me feel good about life and the blessings in them. What a gorgeous post. I thank you for writing it and for being exactly the person that you are. Bless you.

  23. Beth Beth October 29, 2015

    What comes first hope or gratitude? I need them both in equal measure.

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | October 29, 2015

      I’m thinking gratitude – helps to build hope! Wishing you grace, hope and gratitude, Beth.

  24. marthaorlando marthaorlando October 29, 2015

    Seeking goodness in all things with a grateful heart, Corinne. Blessings, my friend!

  25. Vidya Sury Vidya Sury October 29, 2015

    I love that dandelion quote so much!
    Those stories are sad. In fact, my son’s participating in a debate about religion vs humanity this week.
    Stay well, Corinne! ♥

    • Corinne Rodrigues Corinne Rodrigues Post author | October 29, 2015

      So did I. I deliberately steered clear of the sad stories – too many of them around.

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