The local good — Call for submissions
There are days, I tell you. Days when you feel like the world is going wrong, that people are mean, uncaring. You’re right. But you’re also wrong.
Even on those days, there are people all around you — right here, in your town, in your neighbourhood — doing good things. But you don’t see them. Why?
Well, for one thing, there’s nothing spectacular about them. They’re just regular people, like you or me, doing regular things. Nothing stands out much. But these people are there. They offer strangers a smile, help a kid with homework, give directions to a wandering tourist, yield to pedestrians, let others get into traffic, knit a blanket for a newborn, go visit elderly folks, sing to lift the mood at the bus shelter, wave to kids on the school bus, mow the neighbour’s lawn when he’s away, put seeds in the bird feeder, give a dog a pat, say please and thank you to everyone.
All these people, doing all these things. Every single day of the year. Not because they’re trying to change the world, just because that’s who they are. And by being who they are, they are in fact changing the world, one small ordinary gesture at a time.
These people are you. They are me. They’re the lady at Tim’s. The schoolteacher. The bus driver. That man over there picking bananas for his grandson. The elderly lady reminding a teenage girl to appreciate herself. The nurse taking her time with that needle to avoid unnecessary pain. The volunteer walking the dogs at the humane society.
Small gestures, one and all. But you put them together and suddenly — do you see it? Suddenly they add up to one big giant pile of goodness. Our goodness. Yours, mine, your neighbour’s.
I want to put those small simple stories together. And I need your help.
I need you to tell me whose story I should tell. Send me a pitch. Tell me why I should tell this person’s story. (If you could ask them permission before submitting your name, that’d be neat, too.) They have to be in the Ottawa area. Send it to me using the Contact page, or by sending me an email to email@example.com.
I am also looking for financial support. I don’t need a lot of money. I have one-time equipment expenses of about $500, as well as monthly expenses (for website, mostly, and software subscriptions) of about $50. Plus travel expenses. Anything beyond that will cover research, writing, filming, photography, editing, coffee, and a small piece of dairy-free chocolate here and there. Many thanks in advance, and let’s get those stories rolling.