I read today about how Andre Johnson, the Houston Texan wide received, # 80, donated over $17,000 to under-privileged children this Christmas and provided them with an 80 second all-out shopping spree in which they could keep all the toys and electronic ‘goodies’ they could load into their carts.
The video is available to view on YouTube, and I would provide the link here, but I’m not fully looking to advocate the views of the man who made this available through video. There are however, some extremely necessary points that I feel need to be made. And, what better place to make them!
Where are the reporters? Where are the news casters? When we have professional athletes who give back and do things to help others, why are they not as dedicated to making sure we all hear about this the same way they are if there were some scandal that involved a sports figure? Why is this not ‘newsworthy’ in their eyes, or at least as much so as some horrible story would be?
Have we really gotten so negative as a society that there are not enough voices speaking out in favor of kindness and goodness as evil and destruction? Are there really less advertising dollars available for stories where people help each other than for those in which people do hurtful and awful things to each other?
As we close the book on this year and get ready to march forward into 2014, isn’t there something we can do to make a positive change in the way our society seems to be heading? Don’t enough of us care to?
When someone like Andre Johnson does the type of things he is doing, we should insist that these stories are not only covered on national news, but that they are featured as headline stories there. There should be awards and incentives for the reporters and newscasters who provide viewers with the most positive and most uplifting stories of the day in the news.
Doesn’t it hold true for them too, that we tend to notice more of what we focus our minds on? I know we have all experienced it – the phenomenon of mysteriously noticing so many more of the make and model of the car on the road that just happens to be the same as the one we just purchased!
If that is true, then doesn’t it stand to reason when newscasters and reporters look for uplifting stories of kindness and goodness, they will find more of them? YOU BET IT DOES! And the way we can help make it happen is by writing to our favorite television and radio stations and letting them know that we, their listening and viewing audience, the people that their sponsors pay huge money to advertise in order to convince to purchase their products, want to see more reports of kindness and positive things happening.
I am quite certain if we let them know in mass that their listeners and viewers will decrease significantly unless they increase the amount of positive events broadcasted, that we will miraculously find that Andre Johnson is not alone.
I am going out on a limb here by predicting that we would find many more people all over the world are doing kind things and helpful things that are at least as newsworthy as some political figure embezzling funds or having another affair.
It wouldn’t take much. Just a quick email or phone call to first a local broadcast to make them aware of the movement and then one more call or email to your favorite major network. How wonderful it would be to be apart of something that permitted our voices to be heard.
Let me know if you need help getting the necessary email or phone number and I will help get you the information. Just email me the name and call letters of the broadcasts of your choice and I will send you the details you need.
I can’t think of a better way to head into the new year!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Judy is a licensed clinical social worker and has worked extensively as a counselor with children, adolescents, couples and families. Judy’s professional experience in the mental health field along with her love of writing, provide insight into real-life experiences and relationships. Her fresh voice and down-to-earth approach to living a happier, more meaningful life are easy to understand and just as easy to start implementing right away for positive results!