So maybe it’s not so bad


I’m a self-proclaimed Facebook objector.  I don’t have a page, I don’t want a page and I fail to see value but I also realize I’m in the minority.  I’m prepared to publicly acknowledge that every once in a while something useful comes from Facebook and here’s an example.

Below you’ll see a post that a colleague at GVMH placed on Facebook and I think you’ll agree that regardless of where, or how, the story is told, sometimes the story is worth sharing:

Seems everywhere I look I read stories about the horrible ways we treat each other and even ourselves. Our instant access to information makes it worse, and I am so utterly tired of it.

So I decided to make a list of what I saw today, just where I work, that proves there’s plenty right in the world. It helped, really it did, because for all the acts of kindness that I encountered I know there were many more that I never even knew about. Here’s a sampling: 

A coworker who loves flowers has been creating small arrangements – almost little works of art, actually – and sharing them with those who work around her. We all benefit from the beauty. 

Another coworker and friend has a big work-related event this weekend. I know she’s stressed because that’s what happens with big events. When I asked another person I work with if she had plans for the weekend, she told me with a smile that she was helping at the big event. Then she went on to mention having to work Sunday. She’s sharing her only day off to help a fellow employee. Pretty cool. 

My position as a fundraiser means that I often get to see people at their most giving. Today someone offered to make an anonymous gift on behalf of an acquaintance. Many of us gladly give generously to family, friends, our churches or causes we feel passionately about. But a sizable gift to someone we just happen to know? That elevates giving to a different level. 

Want to feel better yourself? Take a look around you and the stories will multiply and cast such a bright light that the news of heartbreak and rottenness will fade. There’s much we can’t fix in this world, but there’s also plenty to celebrate.

 “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of it for anyone else.” – Charles Dickens

You can thank Deanna Hendrich for sharing her perspective…even if it was on Facebook!

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Executive Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. At GVMH we care for our families, friends and neighbors. We're committed to providing the safest, friendliest and most compassionate care to all we serve.
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