It’s so easy to become jaded and negative in a world where we’ve seen people do terrible things to one another intentionally and for no good reason.
But then there are those moments that re-affirm the basic premise that most people are genuinely good. Those moments that give you hope in humanity. Those moments that touch your heart. Those moments that simply make you smile.
If you’re still waiting for that moment today, here it is. Read this in its entirety, and you’ll be glad you did.
This “moment” was made in Memphis, Tenn., where a hospitalized, dying mother gets her wish – thanks to her son and others. She didn’t ask for a blood, or an organ transplant. She didn’t ask to meet a movie star. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of those things.
But the one thing terminal cancer patient Stephanie Northcott wanted was to see her son, Dalton Christopher Jackson, graduate high school. Stephanie is an in-patient at Baptist Memorial Hospital – Memphis, about 400 miles away from Dalton and his high school.
Stephanie got her wish earlier this month. The school principal and the football team worked with the hospital officials to make her wish come true. School officials traveled the 400 miles for the special ceremony held at the hospital, where staff decorated the halls near the ceremony site with graduation balloons and signs.
A host of relatives, friends, and some other students in Dalton’s graduating class attended Dalton’s graduation ceremony. The students, wearing their caps and gowns, joined in on the celebration by tossing their caps at the end of Dalton’s ceremony.
And after Dalton received his diploma, he helped his mother out of bed and the two danced to the tune “I Won’t Let Go” by Rascal Flatts.
There’s a news account of this. Read it here.
So there you have it. In a world in which we constantly witness people being unkind, cold, cruel and downright evil to one another on a daily basis, this reminds us that the best way to combat the coldness, cruelty and evil in the world is to be the very opposite. Be warm, be kind, and be good.
Ladies and gentlemen: THIS is one of those moments. If you’ve been on the receiving end of the bad side of human nature (to put it mildly), please don’t lose your faith in humanity. Take in this moment, like a breath of fresh air once you’ve left a polluted atmosphere.
To all of you great moms out there, Happy Mother’s Day! To all of you great grads out there, Congratulations!
Now, let’s all go out into the world and make some more of these moments!