It is Sunday and a good day to offer some positive news from the past week or so, things that I haven’t covered in previous posts but felt that I wanted to share. Plus a picture of a cute squirrel that I hope will make you smile.
First joint podium in athletics since 1912.
High Jumpers elect to share gold
I didn’t think that I was that interested in the Olympics but have been catching some of the highlights. Congrats owed to all the competitors who have qualified to compete at this level. However, it was not the stories of records and triumph that stood out from the event. Instead it was a story of shared success and emotion.
I am always a sucker for the personal interest profiles and watching this story as it happened really reached my emotional side. From all the buzz on social media, I am clearly not the only one who was caught up in this moment. What a great result for two men who have both come back from potentially career-ending injuries, and have supported each other on their journeys. When given the option to jump-off or share gold, they didn’t even hesitate. A heart-warming and inspiring story about sportsmanship and the meaning of friendship. Congrats and big thanks to Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi for giving us all something to celebrate.
The Sound Aquatic
This week, I heard about an interesting new podcast on a favourite CBC Radio Show, Podcast Playlist.
The Sound Aquatic is descibed like this: For scientists researching the animal kingdom, the global lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 created a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study how animals react when humans get out of the way. In this clip, we learn about how ocean life reacted to the sudden disappearance of nearly all shipping traffic in New Zealand.
The first episode was a fascinating presentation of The Ocean and the Anthropause, and the speakers suggested there is reason to believe that the findings will ensure more positive action in support of more environmentally responsible choices in our changing world. I want to believe that they are right in that prediction. Based on what I have heard, I highly recommend this series. I’m also eager to check out other podcasts on the Hakai Magazine podcast collection.
And finally, because this just popped up on my feed today and I always love this song, a selection from the United States Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants. This song has a range of different connections for me. Its melody line is awe-inspiring and the poetry tells such a strong story. This version is so beautiful that it made me catch my breath. And then just feel the song and be in the moment. The music is so incredible. It gets me every time. I hope that you enjoy it too.
Find your own good news
Look around for good news stories, things that make you happy, a chance to spread joy.
You will be glad you did!!
Featured Image by author, M.E. O’Toole, in Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia, Canada