Editor’s note: This piece was written before the events in Boston on April 15.
As trite as it is to say, there’s a lot to be said about kindness.
As a reporter, I get on the phone and sit down with people that might not want to talk to me, or to any member of the press, really. Sometimes people have a bad poker face, and sometimes people let me know they’re irritated on purpose.
But, for one reason or another, during the past couple of months, I have had some great interviews with a lot of great people that seem to have a kind message to get out there and a positive demeanor. It’s a great thing to experience, because, to quote Rocky Balboa, “The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.”
In a world of the 24-hour news cycle, harrowing national events and constant war, sometimes it takes something close to home to really see the beautiful side of life.
Two great experiences I had recently with the positive side of things were speaking with Robanne Robin and Santiago Jaramillo for past cover stories.
Among other stories I’ve told, they are paragons of great human potential. Robin, as you may have read in Current, hopes to steer kids in the direction of having positive body images and strength after she herself battled with eating disorders.
Jaramillo was brought to the U.S. in a twist of fate and has built a successful start-up company of his own. He wants to give back to the world, too.
Both of their stories include experiences that weren’t so easy, but they came out of them with a positive outlook, or at least they want to make a positive change in the world or people around them.
And that’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
After taking a hiatus from coffee hours, I’m bringing them back effective next week, but at a new time. I apologize for not making a formal announcement about the hiatus. You’ll be able to find me at Hearthstone Coffee House and Pub from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday afternoons. For those not familiar with coffee hours, I hang out at a local coffee shop just to chat with readers with news tips, concerns or that just want to say hello. You can’t miss me. I’m most likely the only 6-foot, 6-inch curly-haired guy typing on a laptop and sipping on a glass bottle of Coke or a frappucino in the middle of the afternoon.