Emphasizing the good

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Do you ever cringe when scrolling on national news feeds or flicking on the local news in the morning? Is it me, or do the headlines and news articles seem more heinous and gruesome than ever before? Do you long for more gratifying, inspirational stories?

I do.

Just yesterday, news sources featured disturbing videos, horrifying crimes, and unbelievably graphic assaults that took place across the nation.

I saw where staff members inside a Georgia health care facility were beating an incapacitated, elderly resident using their fists and a strapping belt. That poor fellow who couldn’t alert authorities.

A few moments later, I spotted an article on how Randolph County officials discovered a small cat — infested with maggots — clinging to life after someone intentionally doused it with a flammable liquid, torched it, and left him for dead. How horrifying!

If you can imagine, there were arrest reports depicting even more repulsive assaults involving innocent children that I refuse to repeat.

It’s a shame that there aren’t more accounts of folks doing good deeds. I admittedly prefer reading those touching, soulful stories to drown out all those disgusting, grisly stories.

For instance, it was so rewarding to find out about an Oklahoma City police officer, Nate Ross, who was dispatched to a disturbance call. Arriving on the scene, the law enforcer found no disruption, but became acquainted with the young man in question. The accused offender was found only beating a set of drums on a street corner. Rather than issuing a citation, Ross befriended the musician and joined him — playing the drums in the heart of the downtown area.

I was also moved when reading a Hallmark-esque account of a Pennsylvania mother of three. Melissa Lambert had repeatedly protested her kids’ fervent requests for a puppy. Instead, the mom weekly drove her children to play with canines inside the local animal shelter.

Within a short span, Lambert —in addition to her hubby and three kids —became enamored with an older mutt named Edgar. Shortly after the Lamberts adopted the Basset Hound, and thanks to his keen sense of hearing, the dog actually thwarted a would-be kidnapping and burglary attempt.

And, speaking of inspirational animal stories, how about an excerpt about a completely deaf doggy? According to the news feed, the adoption of a hearing-impaired dog named Emerson had become increasingly challenging. For months, the poor pup had been passed over for healthy alternatives.

Ironically, a deaf, young gentleman from Maine recognized Emerson’s potential. Nick Arrott stoically came forward, voluntarily rescuing the adorable Black Labrador. An expressive online video illustrates the fervent bond established between the pair.

Arrott, in record time, taught Emerson to follow dozens of commands — solely by the use of sign language. How about that?

Despite all the detestable crimes depicted by the media, it is comforting to know that there are still folks out there doing eloquent, thoughtful acts of kindness. Truly, The Golden Rule is still being exhibited.

As the late Princess Diana once implored, “Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation of reward — safe in the knowledge that, one day, someone might do the same for you.”

Now that’s a great way to emphasize goodness, huh?

Kim Lambert is a former reporter with The Daily Record and former editor of The Angier Independent.

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