Talking saints in our midst

Jun 15, 2015





 She has her roots in news reporting, but after noticing the need for 'good news' stories in her role as reporter for ABCNews.com, Mikaela Conley had a light bulb moment and decided, even though the newsroom might not highlight them, she was going to root out the positive stories herself, and so The Daily Saint was born.

Mikaela’s work with The Daily Saint, a name that came from a commencement speech Kurt Vonnegut gave to students, aims to help restore one’s faith in the innate goodness of humanity. There is no soap-box here; Mikaela is not preaching to anyone about how to behave. The stories can be funny or poignant but their purpose is simple: to share tales of people being good to one another.

I recently had the opportunity to interview this well-traveled journalist and chronicler of all things inspiring, and we chatted about the story of this inspiring publication:

 
 
As a Kindness Advocate, I love the clarity of Mikaela's writing and her photos. In fact – whether you’ve had a bad day and need a pick-me-up, or you simply want to remember that, for all the bad in the world, there is much good to be found – this is a site that will remind you of this truth.

I leave you with the words of Vonnegut, from whom our kindness seeker borrowed her blog title. In a letter written in reply to a woman asking if she should bring her innocent baby into this world, Vonnegut replied, "What made being alive almost worthwhile for me, besides music, was all the saints I met, who could be anywhere. By saints, I meant people who behaved decently in a strikingly indecent society. Perhaps some of you are, or will become, saints for her child to meet."

And thanks to Mikaela’s chronicling talents, we will be sure to meet them!
 

 

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