Inspirational Stories in the Midst of All the Bad News

June 3rd, 2008

A couple of days ago, I came across a posting on the site Web Worker Daily site about my business ImHONEST.com (no relationship to them — I do thank them for the inclusion). I saw there were two comments so I thought I’d see what had been written. The very first comment immediately questioned people’s honesty and how they might cheat the ImHONEST service. The person then went on to question whether or not a person would return an expensive item in return for a $30 in-value gift which ImHONEST gives finders as a thank you for their honesty.

I decided to add a comment clarifying that the prime motivator for people doing the right thing is not the reward, but rather their honesty. In fact, a lot of people don’t even want any kind of gift or reward. The satisfaction of having done the right thing is far greater than what they could get in return. I have found this time and time again as I post stories to The Honesty Blog and as people return lost items through the ImHONEST service.

In a way, I understand this person’s comment and find similar skepticism with people I meet. After all, most of the media’s attention is focused on crime, tragedies, corporate scandals, political fiascos and dishonesty. When I watch the local 9 p.m. news (very rarely), it would seem I should fear living in Atlanta. Yet, this is far from the truth. Unfortunately, the focus that bad news is given can really skew our perception of others and the world around us.

It really amazes me how much bad news there is in the media and that people would watch it, including myself. This really doesn’t make much sense. For example, when I start my morning, I’m looking for things that will put my day in the right perspective. I’m looking to be inspired. When I hear stories that are inspiring, it is not only a huge boost to my day, but it also encourages me to look for ways in which I too can make a difference. Think about it. When it comes to sports, like with the NBA Playoffs, coaches share stories that inspire their players. They don’t show them bad and depressing clips. When the players come out for the game, they are inspired and ready to give their best. I think each one of us wants and needs more encouragement and inspiration. I do.

Please don’t think that I’m suggesting that bad news should be ignored. It is important to be informed, but the coverage is just so disproportionate, and so many amazing stories are never covered or barely even mentioned.
With this blog, I’m hoping to inspire and encourage people by sharing stories about honesty and good deeds. I also want to get people involved by sharing their stories and stories they hear or see, even of things that may seem insignificant. You never know the great impact it could have on another person.

So often many great stories become forgotten and are never shared with others. In fact, when I tell people about this blog,they have so many great stories they sometimes have not recalled in a long time or they had even forgotten. As they share these stories, you can tell the excitement they feel while recalling them and in a way reliving them.

My resolution is to share more stories that will inspire and also encouraged people to share their stories and get friends, colleagues and family to share their stories too. Thank you for being part of sharing hope and encouragement.

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