October is National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. In honor of the cause, I'll be sharing stories and resources that promote empathy while aiming to abolish hate. I hope you'll join the conversation.
This story appeared in my inbox earlier this week. Aside from being relevant to my current research and profession, it reminded me that good people are out there. It's normal to get distracted by all the hate around us - news channels flood our minds with evil deeds, painting an image of our society that is highly negative.
But it's not all negative. Some people have morals. Some have compassion, and some practice empathy. Values have not been abandoned by everyone, and sometimes, when you look in the right places, you find those touching examples of how one person can make a difference and change a person's life.
Stories like this inspire me to be a better person. They remind me of the many opportunities to reach out and help someone who's hurting. I don't have to repair a car to make a positive difference. Sometimes, the simple act of listening is all a person's looking for.