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The Bright Side: Keeping the faith

Keeping the faith.

Sometimes you just have to believe things will work out.

My friend had pretty much lost hope a postcard she had sent me on a recent holiday would ever reach me, especially since her other friends had received theirs weeks before.

“It must have gotten lost in the mail,” she had said apologetically.

I, on the other hand, smiled and relaxed. Deep down, I believed I would see the card yet.

Sure enough, the day after speaking with my friend, there was the “lost” postcard waiting for me in my mailbox.

Faith — I hold on tightly to every ounce I can, because I have learnt that coupled with the hard work needed to make positive changes, I need to have faith in the work that I do trying to protect the dwindling shark population in Lombok, Indonesia, while finding more sustainable ways for the fisherman to earn a livelihood.

Things can get incredibly hard, and so much appears impossible.

Small victories

So with each success, no matter how small, like when I received that postcard against all odds, I am reminded of the power of faith to keep me smiling and fighting on.

Sometimes that is the saddest thing that human beings can experience: indifference.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that people should blindly and irrationally believe in magic that can make things happen without hard work.

There is still a need to weigh the risks and to plough through the grind of doing the work. Without the passion to ignite belief, however, we may not progress as far as we can.

The point is that we have to keep doing what we can and let hope and faith take us those extra steps forward.

And yes, most times doing good is not black and white, but it doesn’t mean we should stop trying and stop doing.

Guarding against indifference

I was on the train the other day and became frustrated because no one would offer an elderly man a seat.

I remembered only a week before when on the train with my grandfather how heartened I was by the readiness of people to give up their seats for him. Now barely a week later I was witnessing the opposite.

Why? Perhaps the seated commuters were distracted by the bright lure of their mobile phones, or perhaps they were over-thinking the decision to give up their seats or not.

But I wasn’t too patient with my thoughts. The moment a lady left her seat, I threw my bag on it and walked over to the elderly uncle to ask if he would like to sit. I could have been embarrassed if he had insisted on standing, but his look of gratitude was what shocked me and made me thankful for doing what I did — chope-ing (reserving) the seat for him in my frustration.

What I am trying to say is that we can always think of the many possible ways things could go awry in the process of doing good or trying to do good, but if we don’t even lift a finger to try and then keep the faith that problems will sort themselves out along the way, how then can we even begin to envision a better world?

Maybe it is time to stop over-thinking and just do already.

- See more at: https://www.ourbetterworld.org/en/story/keeping-faith#sthash.Amg6oLZo.dpuf

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    The Bright side: Dog saves injured Michigan man from freezing to death in the snow

    The Brightside: I’m not here to make sense of the noise and chaos of the outside world, but what I can do is make sense of myself. Somewhat. Let me be true to my soul. Be genuine. Be faithful. Be strong in my beliefs. So strong that it moves me to action. In a world that confuses my inner most, simplistic essence, I feel resolved to share the light and love of the bright side.

    What was supposed to be a night of celebrations quickly turned into a nightmare for a northern Michigan man as he lay helpless in the snow for nearly 20 hours on New Year’s Eve.

    About an hour before the big countdown, Bob ran out of his house in pajamas and slippers to grab another log for his fireplace when he slipped and fell, breaking his neck.

    He tried to scream for help, but the only one who heard his cry was his Golden Retriever, Kelsey.

    “I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter mile away and it was 10:30 p.m., but my Kelsey came,” explained Bob, according to a statement sent to CBS News by McLaren Northern Michigan hospital. “By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.”

    The temperature dipped to 24 degrees as Bob lay paralyzed in the snow, Kelsey still barking by his side. The dog prevented Bob from falling victim to hypothermia by lying on top of him and licking his face and hands to keep him awake.

    “She kept barking for help but never left my side,” Bob said. “She kept me warm and alert. I knew I had to persevere through this and that it was my choice to stay alive.”

    Eventually, he lost consciousness. But the silence didn’t stop Kelsey from barking, and eventually the dog’s efforts paid off.

    The next day, Bob’s neighbor found him and called 911.

    By the time he arrived at the McLaren Northern Michigan Emergency Department in Petoskey, Michigan, he was hypothermic — with a core body temperature under 70 degrees Fahrenheit, the hospital told CBS News.

    “I was surprised to find out that I didn’t have any frostbite,” Bob said. “I am sure it was because of Kelsey’s determination.”

    Chaim Colen, a neurosurgeon at McLaren Northern Michigan, immediately performed spinal decompression surgery on Bob, which was a complete success. Bob still has a long road of recovery, and hours of physical therapy, ahead of him, but thanks to his dog and doctor, he knows he’ll be just fine.

    “I’m so thankful for my two heroes,” Bob said. “Kelsey kept me warm, alert and never stopped barking for help. Dr. Colen saved my life and ability to move. They are truly heroes and I will be eternally grateful.”

    This Bright Side Story found at http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dog-keeps-injured-owner-from-freezing-to-death-in-the-snow/

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      Birth of “The Bright side”

      I’m not here to make sense of the noise and chaos of the outside world,

      but what I can do is make sense of myself;

      Somewhat.

      Let me be true to my soul.

      Be genuine.

      Be faithful.

      Be strong in my beliefs.

      So strong that it moves me to action.

      In a world that confuses my inner most,

      simplistic essence,

      I feel resolved to share the light and love of the bright side.

      – Nicole Zamora –

      Today marks the first post of our weekly blog “The Bright Side” The Bright side will consist of inspiring and uplifting true stories and examples of all that is good in the world. It will be posted here every Sunday. We will be writing as well as sharing these stories, articles and messages every week as a way of shining the light that is in world to anyone and everyone who needs it.

      If you know of a true life story of inspiration please submit to myhairtrip@gmail.com for publication.

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