GGG – Day 17 – Hope

It’s Gratitude Gift Giving, day 17 and I wanted to share a story of hope and joy.

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Photo credit: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

“It’s wonderful, wonderful. It’s great for the youngster and it’s great for the city of San Francisco and the whole region. Saving lives for the day, I love it. It’s so good. A good deed in a weary world.” — San Francisco 49ers’ Head Coach Jim Harbaugh

The world sucked a little less this week.

A 5-year-old little boy who has been battling leukemia was granted his wish by the Make-a-Wish Foundation with the help of over 13,000 volunteers and the goodwill of San Francisco. He wanted to become Batman and save Gotham City. And so San Francisco was transformed into Gotham and little Miles had his wish come true as a fantasy world was brought to life, just for the day.

Batkid started in California, but with social media, his legacy made over 442 million potential impressions around the world. There were over 13,000 volunteers and over 339,000 tweets related to his story.

Why is his story so significant and why did it touch so many?

I think it’s pretty simple. I think Miles overcoming leukemia represents hope when things are bad. I think people wanted to help make his dream come true, because everyone loves a super hero and the fantasy world where good always overcomes evil. It’s what we long for in everyday life. We want to be part of something good. We want to help others. We want to celebrate life with each other, and Miles allowed us all to show up to his party.

We have such a strong desire for community and connection and being a part of Miles’ dream allowed thousands of people to do something, even if that was just to share his story, or to be a bystander, or to be part of the story set.

Miles’ story represents our need for goodness and to give and to help others and to focus on a happy ending.

Humanity doesn’t suck. We are good. And we have good things to share, despite the bad that also exists. There will always be other causes and different ways to make a difference and we should not judge how we choose to contribute to the greater good of society.

I am hopeful.

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Photo credit: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

References:

Photos from: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Batkid-Thousands-cheer-on-pint-size-superhero-4985651.php

Stats from: http://topsy.com/analytics?q1=%23SFbatkid&via=Topsy

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-francisco-batkid-miles-wish-20131115,0,3735507.story#axzz2kyIxrpBr

http://yubanet.com/california/SFBatKid.php#.UomlJmTwJq4

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