It’s kind of telling that when I look at my list of things that made me happy in 2016, a lot of them are responses to things that were a lot more worrisome/heartbreaking/troubling/frustrating. I guess sometimes we really do need to bitter to taste the sweet.
(Yeah, I know. That’s a pretty Pollyanna way to look at it. But we’re all about the positive this month, remember?)
It’s no secret that a lot of folks are worried about the possible fallout from the recent US election. It’s certainly been an interesting few weeks. But one thing that has lifted my hopes is seeing the way people are standing up for each other, banding together, supporting each other. Folks are anticipating potential areas of impact and working to educate others as to how to head off and/or respond to issues that might arise.
Some of the efforts have been large and public, such as Pantsuit Nation. What started as a secret Facebook group of friends has expanded to include over 3.7 million people around the world – in just a few weeks! It’s a community of support and education, a place where people’s stories are honored and their rights are protected.
Some of the efforts have been small ones that add up fast, as explained in this article from the Washington Post. Faced with the knowledge that some vulnerable organizations might face funding cuts and vulnerable groups might face increased risks, individuals showed their support with their wallets. As the Post article says, donations to many organizations have been pouring in recently, as have offers to volunteer.
And some folks have found their own ways to reach out, such as this man in Texas who stood outside an Islamic Center with a sign that said simply, You belong. Stay strong. Be blessed. We are one America.
People are pulling together. People are supporting others. People are finding new and amazing ways to help.
Supporting Others: Happiness Day 2.