It is a story that hits close to home, a quest to find stories of kindness and gather them all into one place, sound familiar? This quest however is being done in a much more personal way for a much more personal reason. On Oct. 29, 2016, Mary Latham, a 32-year-old wedding photographer, packed up her car, said goodbye to family and hit the road on an inspiring journey. She is on a remarkable cross-country road trip collecting stories of kindness in every state which she’ll turn into a book for hospital waiting rooms. Why is she doing this? She began her journey grieving the death of her mother who taught her there is far more good than tragedy in the world. So to honour her mother she is proving it with her endevour which she calls “More Good.”
This isn’t a short venture, in fact already it’s been going on for two years and six months, with a brief period of returning to New York to shoot weddings to keep her business going. She has visited 39 states, 129 homes and 33,500 miles. This has left her with plenty of stories but also learning some heavy lessons the one she shared in your Good News Story of the Day, which you can read here, that you most assuredly should take with you is: “I’ve learned that sadness is always going to be a huge part of life. It can be crippling at times, but it is also what makes us see the happy moments even clearer. It makes us more grateful. While I’ve been hit so often with so many tragic, dark stories, I’ve also been exposed to an enormous amount of love. I’ve watched families who have buried children work tirelessly for causes to help other families. I’ve watched people pick up their broken pieces and turn them into something very, very beautiful. I’ve come to realize that the most important thing we can do is take care of each other. In the end, we are all we’ve got.”
She also encouraged people to go out and talk to each other and see what happiness can be found in the world away from your phone and computer. Another powerful lesson.
Story and Image from StarTribune.