With the world the mess that it is, it seems to be a lot easier to find a negative or sad story than it is to find a positive and uplifting one. Even if I were to focus on the positive contributions made by Israel, many people, myself included, tend to be more interested in the events of the region that focus on the fight and exposure of the enemy than the inspirational stories. It’s not a criticism, it’s human nature. However, I felt that this story, even though it has nothing to do with Israel, the Jewish people, or the fight against terrorism, is such a wonderful story, that it would be uplifting and positive. And it is a story of humanity and decency from the most unexpected of sources. The National Football League.
It begins with the NFL’s New England Patriots making a grand display of love and kindness worthy of the greatest praise. Last night the Patriots’ opponent was the Cincinnati Bengals. In a display of support that showed the world an understanding of what is truly important in life, the Patriots’ Cheerleaders each wore the jersey of Bengals player Devon Still. Still’s daughter Leah is suffering from pediatric cancer, and these cheerleaders, cheerleaders of the opposing team, wore his jersey and number to support him and his family during this incredibly difficult time. What’s even more remarkable is that in addition to this beautiful display of class from the Patriots organization, Stills’ team the Bengals, recently added him to the practice squad in order to make it possible for him to get health insurance and take care of his little girl.
In a world desperately looking for acts of kindness and reasons to be positive, we saw just that, from none other than the National Football League. It’s possible that the biggest cynic might chalk this up to good public relations, but these acts did so much to help this family that I hope we only see the positive. In the world we live in today, this goodness is a healthy break from all the bad and should be seen that way.
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