The last couple of years have been rough with falling oil prices, a slumping economy and increased costs to live.
Many people have lost their jobs, and unfortunately the employment insurance they may have been relying upon has dried up without these people securing new positions.
Food bank usage is on the rise and for the past few weeks, there have been announcements every other day from governments at all levels, which translate into more money leaving taxpayers’ pockets to pay for the business of governing.
Where’s the good news?
Maybe this season, as we count down the sleeps to Christmas we need to see that we can make our own good news and we don’t have to rely upon others to do it for us.
When shopping for weekly groceries, people who have a little cash to spare could throw in an extra can of soup or a toiletry item to drop in the food bank bin that sits waiting to be filled by the doors of almost every grocery store. That sounds like a feel-good news story.
Don’t have any children of your own? Why not see what your friends experience as they shop for their small munchkins and hit up the toy store yourself to pick up a few items for a family in need? The Salvation Army has trees in various locations with tags people can take that describe a child in need of some Christmas cheer. The Santa Claus Fund charity, overseen by our sister publication the Medicine Hat News is always looking for toys and cash donations and new this year popping up in Medicine Hat are opportunities to purchase a gift for a senior living in a home who has no family. Those all sound like feel-good stories that would make the lifestyles section of the newspaper or the feature spotlight on a television newscast.
Want to write your own good news story that can be closer to home and feels like it has even more impact? Why not help a friend? Be a secret Santa to that person in need and leave some gifts as a surprise on the door step. Invite him or her out for a meal and good conversation. Help them with a renovation that is incomplete or offer to assist with a chore they haven’t had time to get done.
Writing our own good news stories doesn’t have to stop once the Christmas decorations are taken down and put away for the year. Often times it’s easy to remember to give at Christmas, but harder to see that people could use help all year long. Shovel a neighbour’s walk or clean up a friend’s garden. Get into the habit of buying one extra item every time you shop and dropping it into a food bank bin.
There are many ways to write your own stories that don’t involve taking pen to paper and they can help spread the “good news” 365 days a year.