Just a list of good things happening in the world right now
It's not about ignoring everything else that's there. It's about including all of what is. As bad as the world seems sometimes, there is - undeniably - still good. And just like any other attempt at balance in life, let's take a breather and appreciate some recent ways the world has served humanity sunny side up.
1. Adorkable travel wizard, Rick Steves, gave away his $4 million apartment complex to underserved women and children this week:
That's right. Everyone's secret (or in my case, not-so-secret) favorite world travel guide literally put his money where his mouth is and, after years of advocacy work for affordable housing, gifted the YWCA his Washington state-based, 24-unit, $4 million apartment complex to the organization for their exclusive future use.
The YWCA "is a nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all. It is one of the 'oldest and largest multicultural organizations promoting solutions to enhance the lives of women, girls and families.'". (wiki)
You go, Rick Steves!
2. Violinist brings music back to ravaged ruins of Mosul
It is maybe when a situation is most dire that beautiful things are more stunning than we've known them to be before.
3. The Measles has been eradicated in an entire world region for the first time ever
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported in recent months that the Americas - the United States, Latin America and Canada - that the spread of Measles has been eliminated, the last reported case in July of 2015 in Brazil.
It is one of the most contagious diseases and "symptoms include high fever, a distinctive rash and irritated eyes. It can kill, and can causes severe complications including blindness, encephalitis, severe diarrhea and pneumonia." (NBC) Strong efforts continue in other world regions, as over 200,000 cases were reported elsewhere last year. A vaccine for the diseases has been in place since 1960, prior to which, over 2 million were dying each year.
4. On Tuesday, New Zealand government announced pay raise for 55,000 care and disability workers, recognizing they had been underpaid because most are women
Described as "the first legal settlement in New Zealand which recognises that some jobs pay less because they are done mainly by women" and "the largest pay increase in New Zealand's history", the country's government settled outside of court to agree to provide a $2 billion, 5-year term payment to those working the residential and disability care sector.
CAN WE GET AN AMEN!
5. That dang giraffe finally had that baby
After being pregnant for forever and a day, and two months straight of relentless 'here's giraffe walking around all day long' at the top of our feeds every morning, noon and night, the world's mysteriously favorite four-legged friend, April, finally debuted her baby boy to the waiting world.
Lil' dude looks straight out of a Disney theme park gift shop.