Now That’s Inspiring!

Aiden Loster
Aidan Loster checks out his shopping list while twin sisters Rhiannon and Laura stand at the ready. (PETE FISHER/Sun Media)

Bonnie's PostI’ve just read about an eleven year old Canadian boy, Aiden Loster, who spends his weekends and afternoons working.  He and his twin sisters Laura and Rhiannon, 9, have shoveled driveways, raked leaves and any other outdoor chores for their neighbours to earn money.  After two years they saved up $422.59.  And what do you think they spent their money on?  Not video games or toys.  These three bought groceries for the less fortunate.  They went to the  store themselves with a list and bought groceries with money they earned themselves.  Wow.

A good news story.  An uplifting, inspiring story.  Ahhh, it is so nice to read this rather than the usual attention grabbers like what Lohan and Spears are up to now.  Kids like Aiden and his sisters are the leading edge generation right now and after reading about them I’m confident the world is in good hands.

I think it’s important to be aware of what is going on out there and I have various sources through which I get the latest news, but lately I have found myself skimming the headlines for the good news stories.  They’re not always easy to find, not because there aren’t any out there, but because they don’t grab attention as well as the bad news stories and so they aren’t written as often.  I have decided to give my attention to more of these uplifting stories simply because they put a smile on my face and they leave me feeling hopeful.  And in the case of Aiden and his sisters, they inspire me to want to do more for my community.

I’d love to hear from you if you know of a good news, or inspiring story that you’d like to share.  Perhaps if we can focus more on all the good stuff more of it will appear.



  • jacquie

    Wow, my nose is tingling! That’s the sign I get when I’ve been touched emotionally! You gotta think what amazing parents those kids must have. The whole neighborhood benefited from their good deeds and the kids got some fresh air and weren’t stuck inside in front of a video game. They probably didn’t even consider it work!
    I love the good news stories and love the newly revamped Girlriends Gab section Tracy put together~ I hope everyone drops in and spills a little good news about there own ‘pay it forward’ moment.
    Thanks for an inspiring jolt this morning, Bon!

  • Irene

    What a great story. We as a society focus way too much on the negative, the news is particularly bad. People need to pay it forward. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyday we focused on doing at least one good deed for others. Empathy and caring and it’s easier said than done.

  • Francesco

    Nice story…worth passing on and “following up”. I’ve learned to never under-estimate my kids & their friends on similar issues…AND to seek out old school advice from the seniors I meet. From both I’ve garnished Elegantly simple methods and perspectives for my life by talking and “listening”… These kids are natural leaders… I sincerely hope the politics they face can compliment their passion.

  • Maggie

    Newspapers are really gossip rags. The stories based only on the authors perspective and opinion of collection of events. Sometimes full of factual errors. Focussing mostly on the sensational because that is what sells. Look what is selling better – the bad and the ugly. A reflection of our society to ponder. BUT at the same time creating unity and translating information.

  • Josie

    If you missed this also inspiring event you’ll catch the video of it on Google as :
    The Girl who Silenced the World for 5 Minutes. (I just checked; opened the first of several sites given…. Voila!)

    This twelve/thirteen yr-old girl addressed a UN meeting on the environment issue .
    Events of this kind never lose their impact, do they! (rhet.)

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