As we emerge from the holiday season, many are reflecting upon and in some cases, concerned about, some of the surprises of 2017. These include political mishandlings, a surge in sexual harassment claims and continued acts of terrorism that can generate fear and fuel intolerance and feelings of superiority.
As I settle by the fire in the midst of a cold snap, I am reflecting on the resilience of the human spirit and how goodwill, generosity, acts of kindness, philanthropy, optimism, and love still outweigh all negativity across our planet.
For millenniums, people have gathered during the season of shorter days and in many places, colder days, for fellowship, community, and celebration. These gatherings ward off the dark, the fears and the unknown. In centuries gone by, these groupings also offered protection against enemies, whether invaders or animal predators, during a time of heightened risk,
As you emerge from your holiday celebrations and look to the year ahead, rejoice in the strength of the human spirit. We have much to celebrate and goodness will always prevail.
Here’s some evidence for my optimism:
- Gains in health care such as immunotherapy are extending the lives of those with cancer. The Scripps Research Institute has discovered a possible master switch for programming cancer immunotherapy.
- An 8-year-old boy in New Jersey collected more than 1,000 toys for children of Puerto Rico. Jayden Perez told his mother Ana Rosado that he wanted to donate his Christmas gifts to the children affected by hurricanes but Rosado suggested he take it a step further and hold a toy drive.
- A woman driving for Uber turned an unfortunate situation into a positive experience by inviting a heartbroken passenger to hang out with her and her friends.
- Dental technician Kevin Shanahan sets up his equipment outside the General Post Office in Dublin, Ireland after work every Friday evening. He spends his free time fitting dentures for the city’s homeless and then puts in hours of work each week to create them in his lab.
- Nearly 200 countries signed a U.N. resolution in Nairobi on Dec. 12 to eliminate plastic pollution in the sea.
- Approximately eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year, killing marine life and entering the human food chain, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) said. Under the resolution, countries agreed to start monitoring the amount of plastic they put into the ocean.
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