Philanthropic And Philanthropy

The election is over. A new president has been sworn into office. It’s time to stop dividing into factions and unite as Americans. This has been said by business owners, employees and the wonderful residents in our community. 

I talk to a lot of people, and they’re tired — tired of the virus and its impact; tired of the politics that have seeped into every nook and cranny of our lives; tired of news media portraying mean, petty attitudes more often than the common courtesy, caring and camaraderie you and I see and experience each day.

I’ll go to an incident from July: I stopped for gas and a cup of coffee one morning. While waiting in line, a customer at the counter told the cashier he was short on money as he tried to figure out what to remove from the assortment of breakfast and lunch items. I and the two people behind him stepped up to cover the difference. We didn’t ask his political party. We wanted to help a person in need. 

Honestly, I see kindness throughout our community all the time. I hear twice as many stories of good people and things happening. It’s difficult, if not outright impossible, to believe the Southwest Valley is the only oasis of wonderfulness in the country. 

I’m not so Pollyanna to know there aren’t problems in the world. As somebody famous pointed out, “anger leads to hate … hate leads to suffering.” There are hundreds of famous people who spoke hundreds of quotes about courtesy, patience, appreciating each other, forgiveness and treating others with unsolicited kindness. It’s positive collaboration and reaching toward a better future together that will improve some of the wrongs. 

Keeping our little piece of the world joy-filled, safe and prosperous is something each of us can work toward every day. It’s the spreading of Joy Germs. That’s a concept created by “Joy Germ” Joan White back in the 1980s. The Honey Foundation, located in the Southwest Valley, has the goal to teach students everywhere life skills through kindness. Because we’re all students of life, the learning never stops. Each of us can also teach this simply by sharing kindness and courtesy.