Over the last few months amid adjusting to life during a pandemic, being on lockdown and more recently the tumultuous and tragic news stories that plague our country, taking time to disconnect and reconnect with yourself, your family, and nature is essential. So, let’s take this opportunity to find the good, here are 5 stories that made our day.
During difficult times it’s hard to see the good in the world, as it rarely makes the headlines. We know that most people are inherently good. Fred Rogers reminded us to “Look for the helpers,” and now is the time to implement that practice. Not only should we look for the helpers, but we should acknowledge and celebrate them at every turn.
The Best Dad on YouTube
Rob Kenney found himself with a bit of downtime when the world went on lockdown, so he did what any bored person would do online. He took to YouTube. But Rob wasn’t simply consuming content. The father of two from Bellevue, Washington, decided to create content. His channel, “Dad, How do I?” became an overnight sensation. Sharing instructional videos like How to Unclog a Sink or How to Change a Tire, Kenney delivers helpful instructions with a ‘dose of dad’ from dad-jokes to a simple, ‘I Love You.’ and ‘I’m Proud of You.’ The formula is working and Kenney has garnered over 2 million subscribers in just two months. Kenney’s brand of insight, instruction, humor, and love is exactly what the world didn’t know it needed.
Working Toward Putting an End To Hate
Several companies have stepped up in recent days to allocate funds toward fighting racial inequality. Bank of America is committed to providing $1 billion over the course of four years to address racial and economic inequalities. Ben and Jerry’s, LEGO, Apple, Verizon, and Facebook are all also allocating millions toward supporting civil rights. It’s tragic that it took this long and countless injustices for it to finally sink in, so we’re holding George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, and far, far too many other beautiful souls and their families, in reverence.
Innovation, Inspiration and a Bit of Know-How
A nurse from San Antonio, Texas took what she learned from her experience in the medical field, coupled with what her late husband taught her about air conditioning filters and ran with it. Tommye Austin created a face mask that filters out 96.5% of airborne particles. She designed her masks with an electrostatic filter that works better than the standard N95 mask, which filters out 95% of airborne particles. Hers have the added feature of air pockets that one would argue make them better than an N95 in that often wearers of the latter, suffer headaches and dizziness as a result of exhaled carbon dioxide buildup having nowhere to escape within the mask. Austin truly is an innovator of our time.
A Historic Space Launch
The last time a crewed spaceflight occurred from US soil was in February 2011; the final Space Shuttle mission. This past week, NASA and SpaceX launched the first crewed commercial spacecraft with a successful docking onto the International Space Station. The Demo-2 launch was viewed by over 10 million people. This historic mission is just the beginning. This new era of space exploration is truly a beacon of light and a source of pride during an otherwise difficult week.
Cleaner Air and Clearer Skies
A rare view of Mt. Everest summit can now be seen from over 120 miles away. Lockdown has resulted in a decrease in harmful emissions that lead to hazy, polluted air. The good news is that lockdowns may actually lead to a 7% yearly decline in carbon emissions.
2020 has not been without its challenges, but to quote Hellen Keller, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” So, we’ll continue to look for the good, find the helpers, and share the stories that made our day better. Until it is all better.