The Brighter Side: Uplifting News to Illuminate Your Week
Sometimes it is easy to get swept up in the constant tide of negative news stories which seem to fill our timelines, dominate headlines and flood the internet. Of course, we cannot deny the fact that much of world is in turmoil, and whether it be here at home or distant shores abroad people are suffering on a daily basis. Political upheaval, racial divisiveness and acts of violence seem to be the only stories that get major coverage. In my opinion this negativity only adds to the mounting challenges that we face as a society. How are we supposed to enact positive change in our communities if we are constantly inundated with reminders of how dark the world can be?
Therefore, we here at Sensible Reason will be kicking off a new series that will focus on everyday stories full of hope, inspiration and love. Welcome to The Brighter Side. Every Sunday we will share heartwarming stories that we have found throughout the week, in order to brighten your spirit and restore your faith in humanity. Sometimes we all need something to pick us up when we are constantly berated with stories of disgusting politicians and senseless violence. In celebration of our inaugural edition of The Brighter Side, we will be focusing this week on the spirit of Thanksgiving.
Every year so much is made about the authenticity of this holiday. There is an annual debate about whether or not we have lost the meaning of Thanksgiving. Its important that we remember what is important and exactly why Thanksgiving is such a beloved holiday. Below are some stories that I believe perfectly embody the ethos of this great American tradition.
Oakland A’s Pitcher Sean Doolittle hosts 17 Syrian refugees for Thanksgiving — It’s exceedingly important that we remember what makes America great. We are a country built on the hopes and dreams of those who wish to make a better life for themselves and their family. Our country was built on the backs of immigrants from every corner of the globe. As Americans we do not close our doors to those in search of freedom and safety, we welcome them with open arms and open hearts. America is supposed to be a symbol and an example for the rest of the world to follow. A place where opportunity awaits and fear is not a staple of every day life.
Oakland A’s pitcher Sean Doolittle is a man who fully understands this philosophy. In a world when so many people are quick to shut the door and turn our borders into barriers, Doolittle has taken it upon himself to do something truly amazing.
Chicago is so lucky to have 17 Syrian refugee families now officially calling it home. We thought we’d officially welcome them with one of our greatest American traditions, Thanksgiving. Thank you to Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Burke for joining the party! If you’d like to sponsor a refugee family in Chicago, link is in my bio #refugeeswelcome
Together with his girlfriend Eireann Dolan, Doolittle warmly welcomed 17 Syrian refugee families to partake in Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday night in Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Edward Burke joined in the festivities as well, lending a strong showing of support from the Chicago’s governing body.
This story exemplifies so many positive qualities, magnanimity, selflessness and most of all courage. In the current climate it has become so easy to succumb to fear and prejudice, but these two wonderful role models have set an important example. We need to follow their lead as a country, and rise to the challenge of helping those in need and not simply hiding beneath our covers while the world struggles so mightily. Eireann and Sean showed these families that their best days are ahead of them, and that there is always room for others on the brighter side.
Detroit restaurant offers free meals all day on Thanksgiving — Building off of the theme of our first story, we head now to Detroit, where a phenomenal tradition has been going strong for over a decade now. George Dimopoulos, a Greek immigrant who arrived in Michigan in 1969 when he was 23 years old, has been upholding the tenants of Thanksgiving in a truly profound way. In today’s modern culture, we are so enamored with instantaneous self-gratification and consumerism that you rarely see people take the time to put others first and risk their fiscal stability. For the last ten years, Mr. Dimopoulos has welcomed patrons to his restaurant, Dimopoulos’ Senate Coney Island for a free meal on Thanksgiving.
Whether you are homeless or without loved ones George opens his doors and his heart to everyone on turkey day. George offers free breakfast, lunch and dinner to everyone who comes to his restaurant no questions asked. When asked why on earth he would choose to foot the bill for an entire day of food for a restaurant full of people, he simply responded, “It feels good what I do.” He went on to tell The Now Detroit, “The reason I do this, one time I was younger, I was homeless at one time. I remember when I had no food. I appreciate this country very, very much. I’m happy to be in this country,” he said. “I enjoy the day so much.”
This simple seed of gratitude grew in this man’s heart to epic proportions. On a day when so many people just pay lip service to the idea of giving thanks and giving back, George is actually living it. When most stores and business owners are preoccupied with the money they can make the day after Thanksgiving, Mr. Dimopoulos is placing the emphasis on the appropriate point of view. If any patron does decide to pay for their meal or give George any type of money, he is determined to give it to charity, ensuring that this day that means so much to him remains one of charity and giving.
This is an amazing story in my opinion. It is the quintessential American dream. A man comes to this country in search of a better life, and through hard work and dedication he achieves it. Then out of his patriotism and genuine decency he finds it within himself to give back tenfold. George is dedicated to upholding this tradition as long as he lives, and I hope more business owners will follow his incredible lead.
These are the type of stories we will shed light on here on The Brighter Side. Stories of triumph, tales of charity and news that makes you proud to be human. We all know how grim the world can be, so come here for your weekly reminder of all the light that it has to offer as well. These stories will range from small scale tales of community togetherness, to massive transformations as well. If you have a story you think we should highlight let us know! We would love to have our readers contribute to this new series.