Category Archives: Positraction

Interesting way to start the week

POSITRACTION: Good people do good works without recognition

2019-Oct-06

https://www.boredpanda.com/poor-childhood-stranger-moms-helping-stories/

36 Parents That Took Care Of Poor Strangers And Changed Their Lives Forever
Justinas Keturka and Rokas Laurinavičius
 
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Random acts of kindness can restore anyone’s faith in humanity. Makes sense, doesn’t it? ‘Cause when you think about it, the easiest thing to do when nobody is expecting anything from you is to continue minding your own business. And we people really like easy. However, every once in a while, someone breaks the status quo, offering help to a person who needs it the most.

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When i was 9 years old, my primary school, my teacher and class, planned a “bring your own food” lunch. This meant that you were supposed to bring snacks, soda drinks, or even your own recipes. I didn’t explain it properly to my mom, so she said “take this half empty bag of chips”, which is completely unnaceptable to take anywhere, for obvious reasons. I brought to my class with a “One Punch Man face” of complete lack of understanding of how ridiculous i looked, and how humillianting and poor my family made me look like. My mom didn’t try to make me look bad, nor she is a bad person, she just thought i was going somewhere with my friends and might have thought i wanted to eat something. I showed half a bag of chips to my teacher, she freaked out and told me to leave the room because if i had no food i couldn’t participate. (Where the f#%k am i supposed to go now). I was the only one to leave the room and sat near a big wall outside of the building facing towards the school’s gate, still inside the school perimeters. Then this random woman (probably a visitor to the school or something) came in the school, talked with me and i told her what happened. She just got up, said “I’l be right back”, came back and gave me a plastic bag full, with at least 5 different chip brands (Lays,Cheetos,Ruffles, Doritos and Pringles). I had no idea what was happening, i didn’t know her, and i was a total NPC just saying yes and following her around. She took me back to my class AND PRETENDED TO BE MY AUNT WHO LEFT WORK TO HELP ME, SHE LIED TO MY TEACHER. To this day, i wonder who that lady was! That is the weirdest most beautiful moment of my life.

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I was really touched when I read all 36 of these stories.

I picked the one I thought was the most moving one to share with you here.

Have you heard that old Irish adage about “good works only count if done in secret”. Funny, I learned that from my maternal English Protestant grandmother who wanted to teach me about my maternal grandfather’s “heathen Irish culture that has a few good points”. 

These 36 good works go along way saving “faith in humanity”.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Girl Born With Backwards Legs Walks for the First Time Thanks to Strangers

2019-Sep-29

Girl Born With Backwards Legs Walks for the First Time Thanks to Strangers Funding ‘Miracle’ Surgery
By Good News Network – May 1, 2019

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A “one-in-a-million” little girl who was born with both legs bent backwards has walked for the first time thanks to an outpouring of financial support that helped pay for her “miracle” surgery.

3-year-old Victoria Komada was born with bilateral tibial hemimelia – a congenital deformity which results in deformed legs and missing bones.

Doctors initially told Victoria’s family that the only solution was a double amputation – but then her parents found a surgeon in Florida who would be able to reconstruct one of her legs.

Though the surgery cost a whopping £180,000 ($235,000), thousands of people raised money for the Polish family so they could travel to America from their home in Norwich last July.

Upon successfully raising the funds for the treatment, the family flew out to the Paley Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida where Dr. Dror Paley told them that her left leg could be fixed and her right leg could simply be fitted with a prosthetic.

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“We were so happy when she took her first steps, we started crying,” she added. “We were on the way to the car and she said ‘Mummy, can I show you something.’”

Dr. Paley, the mastermind who performed the surgery, said: “We achieved all that we said we would achieve for her. The reconstructed leg is very functional.

“She can walk and run and do sports now. She has had superb results.”

Victoria is now due to start school in September.

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What an uplifting story.

People helping people.  And a brilliant doctor makes a “miracle”.

I wish there were more ways to know about “causes” like this?

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POSITRACTION: “… you shouldn’t need an excuse to help someone else”

2019-Sep-22

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/texas-man-carries-older-woman-up-arena-stairs/

Picture of Man Carrying an Older Woman Up Some Arena Stairs is Capturing Hearts
By McKinley Corbley – Mar 25, 2019
 
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This photo of a compassionate firefighter lifting an older woman up some stadium steps is also lifting spirits across social media.

Shayla and Thomas Harwell were attending a Brad Paisley concert at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last week when she noticed the woman struggling to get to her seat.

Since her husband is a firefighter for the Hardin Volunteer Fire Department north of Houston, Texas, Shayla pointed the woman out to Thomas and suggested he lend a hand.

Thomas immediately leapt to his feet and helped the woman to her seat.

After the show was over, Thomas saw the woman was too tired to get back up the stadium steps once more – so he simply scooped her into his arms and carried her the rest of the way.

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Thomas, on the other hand, has shrugged off the media attention and said he was simply doing his duty as a human being.

“If you’re alive and breathing, you shouldn’t need an excuse to help someone else,” Thomas told the news outlet. “If they need help, help them.”

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Ever day, in every way, I see real men going out of their way to help their fellow human.

And, this fellow exhibits the best in what I hope to be.

Noblesse oblige

We are all given gifts and we have to will to share them with out fellow humans.

Dona Nobis Pacem

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POSITRACTION: Kinney, who works as a cable technician for Spectrum, leads by example

2019-Sep-15

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/picture-of-cable-technician-comforting-disabled-boy-while-fixing-internet/

Mom Snaps Viral Picture of a Cable Technician Comforting Her Disabled Son While He Fixes the Internet
By McKinley Corbley – Mar 27, 2019 

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This cable technician is being praised for going above and beyond the call of duty after he arrived at the home of a stressed-out mother and her wailing toddler.

Earlier this month, Jessica Nash Donnahoo had been having a particularly hard day with her 3-year-old son Sailor. She had been trying to finish her household chores and simultaneously care for her 2-year-old daughter while her husband was at work – but her tasks were made all the more difficult by the fact that Sailor had been crying all morning.

Because Sailor suffers from blindness and two rare brain defects, he has a hard time communicating his needs. To Donnahoo’s surprise, however, she was given an unlikely reprieve from her parenting duties when Rob Kinney walked in through the door.

Kinney, who works as a cable technician for Spectrum, had been called to fix the internet in their Greenville, South Carolina home.

Immediately after he walked in through the door, Sailor ran up to the repairman and held up his arms – and to Donnahoo’s surprise, Kinney happily responded by scooping Sailor into his arms.

Kinney then spent the next 45 minutes rocking and soothing the youngster while he fixed the internet. By the time he was ready to leave, Sailor was almost asleep.

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What a tech!  Not only fixes the internet, but does it while soothing a disabled child to sleep.

I hope when such an opportunity presents itself to me, I’ll have the grace that this tech did to accept it.

Can’t believe everything you hear about how terrible humans are to each other. 

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POSITRACTION: A dented penny … and the children that came from it

2019-Sep-08

Lucky Dented Penny That Saved Soldier’s Life During WWI Comes to Light 100 Years Later
By Good News Network – Mar 15, 2019

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A dented penny which saved the life of a British soldier by deflecting an enemy bullet during World War I has come to light after 100 years.

Private John Trickett kept the penny in the top breast pocket of his soldier’s uniform as a poignant reminder of home during the conflict – and it proved to be his lucky coin when it took the impact of a German bullet on a French battlefield in 1914.

An enemy soldier had aimed his weapon at Pt. Trickett’s heart, but the penny deflected the danger and ultimately saved his life.

It was kept by the serviceman as a reminder of how he stared death in the eye during the war, which claimed 10 million soldier’s lives including those of his two brothers.

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“I’ve heard about random objects deflecting bullets to save lives before but, until now, I’d never had the opportunity to see and examine them myself.

“I hope a keen militaria collector will buy and treasure these items. The penny is a poignant reminder of the fine line between life and death, particularly in wartime.”

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Hard to imagine the turn history would have taken if that man hadn’t been saved.

All his progeny wouldn’t have been there.

Reminds me of the tragedy of abortion and all those futures lost.

Hopefully it inspires us to think of what could have been and fight for life.

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POSITRACTION: When does life begin?

2019-Sep-01

https://www.liveaction.org/news/landmark-harvard-essay-preborn-child-constitutional-person?sfns=mo

Article in Harvard Law Journal concludes: The preborn child is a constitutional person
By Calvin Freiburger | June 1, 2017 , 02:42pm

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Pro-lifers and honest pro-abortion legal scholars agree that Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. But just how wrong is it? Is it bad law solely because it declares a right to something the Constitution is silent about, or does its judicial malpractice run deeper?

I have long argued that legal abortion violates not only the spirit of the Constitution, but the text itself – specifically, that the Fourteenth Amendment’s guaranteed equal protection of all people’s right to life has always applied to the preborn. Now, The Stream reports that the “Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy” has published an article written by Harvard law student (and former Live Action contributor) Josh Craddock that lays out the case in perhaps the most depth it’s ever received.

The first key point of Craddock’s work, critiquing the late, great Justice Antonin Scalia from the right, is an audacious undertaking, but here it’s warranted. You see, while Scalia was a committed originalist and clear opponent of Roe, he was also of the opinion that the Constitution is neutral toward abortion – that its use of the word “persons” “clearly means walking-around persons,” and therefore, states should be left free to set whatever abortion laws they want. Craddock notes several other pro-life judicial originalists who hold (or held) this view, though Scalia is the most recent and most revered modernly.

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Seems like a simple question?

Yet, why do “we” have such a hard time answering it?

Is it another “inconvenient truth”?

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POSITRACTION: Ivan Fernandez Anaya demonstrates sportsmanship

2019-Aug-25

FROM FACEBOOK

John M. Sweeney is with Laupepa Letuli and 14 others.
July 26, 2015 ·

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Very little has been said about this…..On December 2, Basque athlete Iván Fernández Anaya was competing in a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarre. He was running second, some distance behind race leader Abel Mutai – bronze medalist in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the London Olympics. As they entered the finishing straight, he saw the Kenyan runner – the certain winner of the race – mistakenly pull up about 10 meters before the finish, thinking he had already crossed the line.

Fernández Anaya quickly caught up with him, but instead of exploiting Mutai’s mistake to speed past and claim an unlikely victory, he stayed behind and, using gestures, guided the Kenyan to the line and let him cross first.

Ivan Fernandez Anaya, a Basque runner of 24 years who is considered an athlete with a big future (champion of Spain of 5,000 meters in promise category two years ago) said after the test:

“But even if they had told me that winning would have earned me a place in the Spanish team for the European championships, I wouldn’t have done it either. I also think that I have earned more of a name having done what I did than if I had won. And that is very important, because today, with the way things are in all circles, in soccer, in society, in politics, where it seems anything goes, a gesture of honesty goes down well.”

He said at the beginning: “unfortunately, very little has been said of the gesture. And it’s a shame. In my opinion, it would be nice to explain to children, so they do not think that sport is only what they see on TV: violent kicks in abundance, posh statements, fingers in the eyes of the enemy …”

In the interests of kindness, please pass this on. :)

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I never saw this story before but it should be used with every sports team!

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