Saturday, September 30, 2017

A Positive Attitude Changes One Mind at a Time - #WATWB

Seven months of positive news! This is the seventh installment of We are the World Blogfest which was begun to counter the negative news that pervades the internet nowadays.  Peace, love, compassion, thinking positively, we are trying to spread all of this as light in a dark world. And there is love and light in our world! Our wonderful co-hosts for this month's installment are Michelle Wallace , Shilpa GargAndrea MichaelsPeter NenaEmerald Barnes. 

For my contribution this month, I'd like to share the story of how the positive thinking of an African-American parole officer changed a White Supremacist's way of thinking about the world and himself.

"I don't want my kids to live the life I lived and live in hate."
That's a powerful statement from Michael Kent, a former Neo-Nazi who was a member of a violent white supremacist group. How did he get there?

Enter Tiffany Whittier, a parole officer who was assigned to Kent.

Tiffany Whittier
Her simple, direct, and positive approach had a profound effect on Kent. They became friends, not just parole officer and ex-con.

To read their full story, click here.  I love these types of stories in which one individual has the power to change the thinking of someone else. There are times when it's hard to believe this is possible, but this story (any many others out there) demonstrates that it is. We each, as individuals, have the power to affect other people and the world around us, either by how we live our lives, what we say, or what we do.

Help spread the word about We are the World Blogfest on social media by using the hashtag #WATWB. And if you'd like to read more positive news, check out the list of participating bloggers here. Visit their blogs and comment on their stories. Re-blog or tell your friends and family about the stories you've read. Visit the #WATWB Facebook page, too. Spread the light and love.


Lynn Hallbrooks said...

I'm so glad to hear that she became the light he needed. He may not have realized how dark his world was before she came along. Thanks for sharing this and for being a part of #WATWB

Emily Bloomquist said...

It seems to me that most people who hate an entire population do so without ever trying to get to know any of them. This is a great example of what can happen when the hate filled person gets to know one of the people in his target hate group. If only we could figure out how to make this happen all over the world! Thanks for sharing this story, Gina.

Emerald Barnes said...

Thanks for sharing and being part of the WATWB!

Simon Falk said...

This a a great and timely story to share for WATWB.

Gina said...

Thanks to Lynn, Emily, Emerald, and Simon for your comments! I have been very remiss in moderating comments because of life, in general. I hope you all will continue visiting, reading, and commenting! Thank you.