The Effective Author: Incorporating Themes of Goodness
© 2017 Kebba Buckley Button, MS, OM. World Rights Reserved.
Do you believe in human goodness? That humans are inherently good? It’s easy to get discouraged by news we hear from national and international politics. The hijinks of politicians and other leaders are currently at a well-exposed high. It is easy for culture to create literature, movies, TV shows, and gaming that are thick with dystopian themes. But perhaps this is the very time for writers to craft more stories with themes of goodness. In a difficult time on this planet, humanity can use reminders of hope. People need encouragement. People need to be reminded that goodness is inherent in our makeup, and goodness can be cultivated.
The Dalai Lama has said:
The roots of all goodness lie
in the soil of the appreciation for goodness.
So how can you, as The Effective Author, find some inspiration for themes of goodness and hope? One surprising source is your local news broadcast. Most local stations like to close with a positive news story. It’s often something funny and heartwarming. Some national news programs do the same. You watch, or you follow their websites, and get ideas and facts from the videos there.
Two weeks ago, CBS News broadcast an extraordinary story of collective goodness from Panama City, Florida. One hundred yards from shore, nine people suddenly found themselves caught in a riptide. Against the extreme currents, these people were drowning. People onshore, seeing the nine in distress, quickly formed a human chain to reach the group in peril, and the 80 people in the chain saved all nine, including one who had become unconscious due to a cardiac event! The rescuers closest to the riptide zone were in peril themselves. Yet they plunged immediately into the water in hopes of saving nine other lives.
Additional sources for heartwarming stories of goodness are websites such as Beliefnet and Faithpot, which have regular email dispatches by subscription. Glancing around Facebook and other social media sites, you are sure to find other organizations that regularly publish positive and inspirational posters and articles. Major ministries have regular programs and emails. You don’t need to subscribe to the cultural trend of dystopia! You don’t need to be drenched in political drama and discouragement. There is a huge community of encouragers throughout the World.
Countless irrepressibly good people are working against hunger, poverty, addictions, animal cruelty, violence, corruption, human trafficking, aggression of drug cartels, pollution, and global warming. Good people are working to make every wrong right. Human goodness is everywhere. And as Thoreau said,
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
Can you write from goodness? Can you write nonfiction and fiction with themes of goodness? Yes! Goodness can eventually defeat anything, and you, as The Effective Author, can help. Start now!
Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You, plus Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com. Kebba’s newest book is the full-color Inspirations for Peace Within: Quotes and Images to Uplift and Inspire, also available through her office. For an appointment or to ask Kebba to speak for your group: firstname.lastname@example.org.