A friend notified me over the weekend about a trio of local heroes who helped save a life down at Panama Beach following what’s been called an accidental shooting.
You can read the story in Tuesday’s Webster Parish Journal, so I won’t rehash all the details here – but kudos again to Melissa Gutierrez, Hillary Butler and April Pamintuan for their heroic deeds.
What I’d like to do now is again put out my standard call. To the readers of all our Journals – from down to Natchitoches and all the way up and over to Claiborne – I want to write stories about people like these three ladies who make a difference in the world around them.
Our globe is filled with negativity and bad news, so it is important to take the time to recognize the good deeds and positive contributions made by individuals in our communities. Whether it be a small act of kindness or a larger-scale project, these actions have the power to make a significant impact on the lives of those around us.
That’s what I try to do with my work for the Journal publications.
I ask for news to be shared with me. Good news. News that helps our world so we can have a bit of a chance to drown out all the cacophony brought on by the bad.
When you help me recognize these individuals it not only shows appreciation for their efforts, but also serves as an inspiration for others to follow in their footsteps. It highlights the importance of community involvement and encourages others to get involved and make a difference.
Recognizing those who do good things can also serve as a reminder of the positive impact that even small actions can have. It can inspire individuals to take action and make a difference, even in the smallest of ways. It can have a ripple effect. creating a chain reaction of positive change within the community.
So, please help me recognize those who do good things. Send me good deeds and good people.
In a world of dark, just turn on the light. And if you can’t do that, help me highlight those who can.
(Josh Beavers is an award winning writer and author. He has earned more than 40 individual writing awards and is syndicated in 12 North Louisiana news journals. The Louisiana Press Association has recognized him five times for excellence in opinion writing, and he has earned numerous Best Investigative Reporting Awards and Freedom of Information Awards for exposure of governmental corruption in Webster Parish.)