I have something to say about how wonderful the human race is.
That’s saying something considering there’s all this politicking going on in the news.
But something happened that really restored my faith. Last week when I wrote about how really amazing our youth are I hadn’t expected the response I got privately in an email. I wrote about
A woman named Jet who writes a blog entitled “Scatterbeams” contacted me via my email and told me some of the things she does in schools to help students. Jet volunteers to work with high schoolers who need assistance with their college applications as well as with them twice a week in the classroom. As usual, when people share things with me about their work with students, I felt a kindred spirit. Plus, her name is Jet. That sealed the deal.
She went on to explain that she wanted to address something about the girls book club I mentioned. I wasn’t previously aware of Better World Books where you can purchase books. They’re not just any old online book store. They donate books to literacy programs all over the world and Jet offered to buy a round of books for the as-yet-unnamed book club that my students want to start. After a few back-and-forth emails I learned that Jet lives only two miles from my oldest son and that she is an incredible photographer.
Kindred spirit indeed.
Jet, like many strangers I meet on the internet, was inspired by something I merely mentioned and decided to get involved. I’ve seen people enjoy episodic volunteerism but I am constantly inspired and feel renewed about how generous people are to help others. It’s easy to get caught up in the negative part of our world and feel like all is hopeless, but I keep finding that to be entirely untrue. I keep finding that people are just aching to get involved in something good and pure and inspiring. They flock to it. I have, unwittingly, found myself at the helm of projects that inspire me and people keep getting inspired right along with me.
It’s not much, but it’s a contribution to the online world that pleases me immensely.
I don’t know how I got so lucky.