“Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!” -Lawrence G Lovasik, Clergyman
Exactly. I never thought I would find a quote that so perfectly describes my life philosophy. Although, I usually fail to think kind thoughts because I worry more about doing kind deeds and speaking kind words. Oops. It truly does add up. I have not really added up the amount of happiness that I have spread, but the people to whom I have brought happiness, have. When I graduated high school, it really surprised me how many people seemed genuinely sad to say goodbye to me. Not just fellow seniors, but also juniors and sophomores who had become good friends of mine. Even though the fruits of my efforts are not always apparent to me, they are always apparent to the people who were on the receiving end of that effort. So, I encourage all of you to make others happier. If you’re concerned about not saving enough happiness for yourself, know that there has never been anything that has made me happier than realizing how much I’ve helped other people by bringing them happiness. Being a positive person is rewarding both ways (though, I will say, the world still doesn’t seem to return the favor). Unfortunately, today’s news is less positive than the quote promotes:
- In a year that has brought the deaths of Muhammad Ali and Prince, the deaths of legends continue with not one, but two today. The first of which is the passing of legendary defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan. The father of Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan and former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan passed at the age of 85. He was renowned for his 46 defense that helped the 1985 Chicago Bears win the Super Bowl, while becoming known as the greatest defensive unit of all-time. R.I.P. Buddy Ryan.
- The second legend to pass today was Pat Summitt. Summitt was the long time coach of the University of Tennessee women’s college basketball team. She passed much younger than Buddy Ryan, as she was only 64. She was the winningest coach in Division 1 college basketball history. R.I.P. Pat Summitt.
- Along with the legends, a young former player also died today. Former Indianapolis Colts RB Zurlon Tipton died by accidentally shooting himself. How did he manage to pull that off? Police report that he was handling a duffel bag that contained the gun that went off while he was handling the bag. That sucks. That is just HORRIBLE luck. I’m really sorry that happened. It’s really not fair, in my opinion, that the world is that much against any of us. We all deserve better than the world gives us. R.I.P. Zurlon Tipton.
- Now that the negativity is out of the way, back to positivity: Seattle Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin signed a four-year extension with the team today. The deal is worth $46 million, with $24.25 million guaranteed. This contract is a testament to the amazing play of Baldwin, who entered the league as an undrafted free agent. See? The scouts don’t always get it right.
- Tim Tebow scored a touchdown while flying with Delta airlines this past weekend. Just kidding. But he did offer his well-known prayer pose in support of the wife of a man who was suffering from a heart problem during a flight on Sunday. Good for Tebow. See? We started with some negativity in the news, and now we’ve come full circle with Tebow’s kind deed, word, and thoughts. Positivity always prevails!
That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news, along with a positive like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.