Back in 1983, singer Anne Murray released a song entitled, "A Little Good News." The song basically told us there was nothing but bad news being reported each day, and people were getting tired of hearing the same old horrific stories about fires, shootings, weather tragedies and much more. She sang, " Just once how I'd like to see the headline say.....Not much to print today....can't find nothing bad to say."
This past weekend the Saturday night jamboree prep football games were ended after a crowd gathered and started a fight near Finley Stadium. A police officer was forced to use his taser and the sound was mistaken for a gun shot causing mass bedlam in the crowd.
There were more fatal shootings in Chattanooga this weekend.
Extreme weather incidents all around the country, from wildfires, to flash flooding, to awful heat waves affect our population each and every day.
This morning I saw a report of a youth football coach in Texas being shot to death after an altercation.
Political assassination attempts....political discourse....attacks on the FBI....a former president holding boxes of top secret information at his home....possibly threatening our national security....more and more COVID cases as well as Monkey Pox and a resurgence of Polio in our country now causing a threat.
I could go on and on about all the bad news we're hearing but I think you get the picture.
The only good news being reported involves sports. A Tampa Bay pitcher barely missing a perfect game against the Orioles on Sunday....More amazing games in the Little League World Series....and a few more feel good stories. However, the bad outnumbered the good by quite a bit.
Are things really this much out of control? Or have things always been this bad and we didn't really notice? All I have to do is think back to the 1960s to find similar situations. President John F. Kennedy shot and killed in 1963..... Civil Rights Activist Dr. Martin Luther King and Kennedy's brother Robert being assassinated within two months in 1968....The unpopular Viet Nam war was going full force....People were beginning to wonder, 'Is the end near?'
Here is what I think. Our world was created as a perfect place, but was soon turned into a world of tragedy and bad news. It's not all bad but everyone must deal with bad things in their lives, that I know for a fact. I prefer to focus on the good things. Now, I'm still concerned about the terrible things going on, but I try to look for the good news that's out there. Anne Murray was right....We need a little good news today....Just look for it!
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