Wednesday, December 17, 2008

New Blog Idea

I've had an idea for a new blog rolling around in my head for a while. It's called "There are still good people in this world." It would be a blog devoted to the small, good things that strangers do for each other.

The title comes from my elderly aunt Lily's story. On her last trip to West Virginia, she was traveling alone and had to change planes in Cincinnati. She got confused by the airport (who doesn't these days), and a couple who lived in Cincinnati walked her to her gate and saw her safely on the plane. She was impressed by the fact that they'd take all this time to help her out when they didn't even know her. (They, of course, said that they weren't doing anything that day and were happy to help her out.) She concluded (and began) her story by saying "There are still good people in this world." She never even got their names.

I've been thinking about this for a long time and noticing actions that would fit in that blog. When I saw this post by the Film Geek last week, I was reminded of the importance of looking for these acts. And today, when Rebecca Burch retold a story of a good woman (see number 5), I started to think that this might just be the time.

The idea is that we see what we look for. When we look, we'll notice tiny kindnesses that people do for strangers every day. And that will serve as an antidote to the horrible things we see every day on the news.

What do you think? Would you read it? And would you contribute stories?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think if you added pictures to your blog, your fine comments would be greatly enhanced. How about posting all the tacky Christmas sweater pictures you can find!!!

Lara said...

I would read it. I need something to make me believe in good.

rebecca said...

Yes, and yes! :D

We hear a lot about the bad things in the world, but it really is a good place most of the time. Thanks for using my story. I still smile whenever I think of that lady, and the map was just adorable. :)

MountainLaurel said...

Anonymous, I did look for some sweater pictures, but the ones I found just weren't sparkly enough! :-)

Thanks for the votes of confidence, Lara and Rebecca. I'll also be asking for your stories as well. It'll probably be next week before I have time to start.

Donutbuzz said...

It's a great idea and I'd read it!

SagaciousHillbilly said...

Good idea. Do it.

Muze Euterpe said...

I think it would be a good idea. Will you have time to keep it up? I'm finding that I have less and less time to post like I want. Life is getting in the way.

MountainLaurel said...

Muze, I've been thinking of that as well. I'm thinking one post a week,perhaps on Tuesday when we all need a lift, and I've been toying with the idea of making it a group blog.

Anonymous said...

You don`t say so!