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MAKING THE WORLD A LITTLE BETTER
19 December 2012
When Ann Curry was replaced on The Today Show by Savannah Guthrie, I had mixed feelings. Curry seems to be one of the nicest people in broadcasting, which was her downfall. She had such incredible empathy for the troubled people she would interview, that she put her heart and soul into feeling their pain and comforting them. And that was the problem. She seemed to approach every interview with the same intensity that eventually got to be a bit too much.
In her time on The Today Show she did amazing things, traveled all over the world, even to the South Pole, where no reporter had ever been before. She visited war zones and did much good reporting, and good work there. She wore her heart on her sleeve and it showed.
I know that it was not a happy parting and I'm sure she was very bitter about being let go as co-anchor of The Today Show, but she soldiered on and is now doing special reports.
The Newtown tragedy was ready-made for Curry's skills. I don't recall seeing any of her reports, but her time there has started a movement that is spreading world-wide. She explains how it all happened.
Remembering how it made her feel to take the pain she was experiencing and doing something good for someone else, and knowing how the whole country was going through a grief period, though far-removed from the site of the massacre. She thought what if everyone in pain could pledge to do an act of kindness for someone in honor of each child who was killed. Twenty acts of kindness, which eventually expanded to include the adults killed, including the shooter's mother. Twenty-seven acts of kindness to offset the twenty-seven acts of unspeakable horror.
She went to Twitter and made the proposal. The thing has exploded, not only in this country, but around the world as well. Today I installed Twitter on my iPad and happened to catch wind of the project. Twitter is filled with stories of people who are enthusiastic about ging out of their way to help other people in the name of the children and adults who were slaughtered in Connecticut.
Curry encouraged people to post what they have been doing, as an inspiration to others. And what a range of tweets were posted.
The list goes on and on and on. From big things like making certain children get schooling in a foreign country to little things like helping a neighbor with his computer. Parents are using it as a teaching moment for their children. Many are posting their acts of kindness on Twitter. I only assume more are not posting on Twitter, but just doing things anonymously, and quietly.
I have made the pledge and have started my 26 acts. I challenge people reading this entry to think about doing the same. Especially at this time of year doing good things for others is a wonderful thing, doing good things for others to honor the little children who lost their lives at Sandy Hook gives it that "little extra something."
Go and do something nice for somebody. I guarantee it will make you feel
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