A requirement of my life-long career that I love is that I keep my noggin buried in the news, and I learned a long time ago that if I was going to survive all the negativity I would have to dig deep for good stories about good people doing good things for other good people.
I know that was a long sentence, but I’m sure you picked up on the theme word.
It’s out there you just have to look for it.
Do you remember what that was like when you were in middle school? Having friends join you for major events such as your birthday party made you feel good because it made you feel important. A good turn-out meant you were special, and to a certain extent, you based your self-worth on what your friends thought about you.
Imagine the horror of throwing a birthday party and no one showing up.
Think about all the preparations – the cake, the decorating, the music, the games, and the party favors you were going to send home with all of your “friends.”
But when party time arrives the doorbell doesn’t ring.
You wait expectantly.
10 minutes, 20 minutes, 30 minutes go by and still nobody.
Not one person.
So you check the invitations to be sure you included the correct date and time.
Yup – it all checks out.
You end the day in despair that no one came.
Where were they? Why didn’t they show?
Your family is upset too because they don’t want to see you feeling let down. Your sister even shares your story on Twitter.
One young man in your community sees her tweet, and shares it with his friends. It just so happens this young man is a member of your favorite sports team – the O’Connor High School football team.
Then – – BANG
Your social media, phone, and email starts blowing up with people you don’t even know calling and messaging to tell you to get ready for the party of your life!
They tell you to be at Aspen Creek in Helotes the next day.
You show up to a room FULL of football players, fellow students, and even citizens from your community you’ve never seen much-less met.
And everything is perfect. The food, fun, laughter – even the signed football, hoodie, and hat they gave you!
All of them – every single one – were there to celebrate YOU!
John M Folks Middle School student Diego Cruz is a very special, and loved person, and the real-life angels from O’Connor High School just gave him a birthday party he will never forget.
In the middle of troubled times it’s so important to remember there are good people always doing good things for other good people.
After all, that is what the Christmas season is all about.
Let your heart be light – and share the love.
God loves you and so do I.