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Bus Driver Gets Fired When He Helps A Hungry Student, But He Doesn’t Regret About It

Bus Driver Gets Fired When He Helps A Hungry Student, But He Doesn’t Regret About It

Every now and then we get to read about great humanitarian deeds, where a person has taken action to make a change, to help another person or a community, resulting in being praised by their hometown, their country, and the world. Yet, it isn’t always the case. Sometimes, standing up for someone can cause you to lose your job, as Johnny Cook, a school bus driver from Georgia learned.

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    Taking action

    His action started as an emotional outlet in a form of a Facebook post after hearing from a 6th grader how he couldn’t eat lunch that day because he was 40₵ short on his lunch card, and it turned into a viral movement where people shared stories and took initiatives to provide every child with a meal at school. Because Cook couldn’t let this incident go, as most would unfortunately do, and because he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind and show how he felt about it, he was able to make a change.

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      As it usually happens with great deeds like this, it took viral proportions as people started commenting on and sharing the post so as to spread the awareness about the issue. The reason the post got so much reaction is that the people were able to recognize the sentiment behind his decision to speak in the name of each child who ever felt hungry and powerless.

      The reward

      The powerful message Cook sent soon reached the school superintendent who called Cook for a meeting the next day, and requested that driver retracts his statement or leave his job, blaming it on the schools “strict Facebook policy”.

      This was another time Cook decided to act from his heart, and not give in to the materialistic and heartless attitude of the system. He knew, if he retracted the statement, his message would mean nothing and he would be conforming to the silly rules that deny food to children. And that is something he couldn’t do. True, he lost his job, but his heart was in the right place, and that is all that matters.

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      Last Updated on September 17, 2019

      10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

      10 Simple Ways To Always Think Positive Thoughts

      Positive thinking can lead to a lot of positive change in your life. Developing an optimistic outlook can be good for both your physical and mental health.

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      Here are 10 ways to make thinking positive thoughts easy:

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      If you surround yourself with constant complainers, their negativity is likely to rub off on you.

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      When you encounter problems and difficulties in life, don’t play the role of the victim. Acknowledge your role in the situation and take responsibility for your behavior.

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      One of the best ways to feel good about what you have, is to focus on what you have to give.

      Volunteer in some manner and give back to the community. Helping others can give you a new outlook on the world and can assist you with positive thinking.

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      Spend time each day reading something that encourages positive thinking. Read the Bible, spiritual material, or inspirational quotes to help you focus on what’s important to you in life. It can be a great way to start and end your day.

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      If you find yourself thinking something such as, “I always mess everything up,” replace it with something more realistic such as, “Sometimes I make mistakes but I learn from them.”

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      Spend some time thinking about the consequences of negative thinking. Often, it can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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      Create a list of all the ways negative thinking impacts your life. It likely influences your behavior, your relationships, and your feelings. Then, create a list of the ways in which positive thinking could be beneficial.

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      Look for reasons to compliment others. Be genuine in your praise and compliments, but offer it frequently. This will help you look for the good in other people.

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      If you start keeping a daily gratitude list, you’ll start noticing exactly how much you have to be thankful for. This can help you focus on the positive in your life instead of thinking about all the bad things that have happened in the day.

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