Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Causes for celebration

"Celebrate what you want to see more of."
~Thomas J. Peters, writer and business management expert

Isn't it amazing how often we draw attention to behaviors we don't approve of, disappointments, things that make us unhappy or angry? And yet when we see things that make us proud or make us smile or make us rejoice in the wonder around us, those feelings fade too quickly because we have too much to do, too many places to be.

During the holiday season we are bombarded by how much a certain retailer is ahead or behind, or what promos are happening to make us buy more of things we won't remember we received by the time the next holiday season rolls around. Where's the celebration? Why is the recognition of good deeds sequestered to the last 30 seconds of a news cast?

Between the nightly news and my favorite prime time TV shows, I have Access Hollywood on in the background while I wash the dishes from dinner or straighten up my apartment . Today they told a story (at the end of the show, of course) about a mountain biker who has been paralyzed from the chest down and is now fighting with everything she's got to walk again. And the lead in to the story was "and now we'd like to tell you a kind of story that we wish we did more of..." Well then for goodness sake do more stories like that and stop reporting on every time Britney Spears stops at the Dairy Queen or Jessica Simpson says something well, typical of Jessica Simpson!

We get what we ask for in this world, and if we want to see more actions that contribute to a world we're proud to live in, then we had better hold up those actions for all to see, and hopefully, emulate.

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