When I found this photo of a man reading the newspaper, I noted that his pet pelican has grabbed a corner. I imagined the bird saying to the man, somewhat dryly as it peers at the page, Tell me something good.
It just so happens that a teacher colleague recently wore a shirt to school bearing these same words. Tell me something good.
“Well,” I said to her, “This is something good: Summer’s almost here.”
She laughed. At the time she was was returning her end-of-grade testing materials. “I hope people tell me something good all day.”
I began to think about how different a day could be if people continually heard something good from others.
Vacation’s almost here.
The test is over.
I enjoy working with my colleagues.
I admire your work.
I found twenty dollars in the pocket of a coat I was about to throw out!
Systems and society can make us pretty acclimated to the negative. Deficits, grievances, outrageous behavior, all that’s broken, all that’s not working. Things that beat down rather than build up.
But good stuff’s always happening out there.
All the time, everywhere.
A stranger stopped to change my tire this morning. He was tired, on his way home from working the night shift, but he said that being able to help someone is a blessing.
I got a well-written thank you note from a young person.
Another Triple Crown winner!
It’s all about hope, really. A reminder that there’s much to keep striving for in the hard grind of life. And that it’s worth it.
Tell me something good.