Good Trees, Bad Trees: If It Isn’t On the News, Did It Happen?

On the flip side, good news can be transmitted just as quickly and widely. Good people hear about tragedies and rally to help. The efforts by many good people after all those disasters can be relayed to us, reminding us that there are 10 good people for every one bad.

We see the impact that one small kindness can have on many different people and how it can “pay forward.” News reaches us instantly about man’s humanity to man.

I guess in the final analysis, in the modern world, we have a choice of which trees we prefer to hear fall – loud, obnoxious negative, depressing bad trees; or uplifting, refreshing positive good trees. I have found that I can only absorb so many bad trees crashing and thundering to the ground before I lose sight of the forest. When I reach my limit, I can hit the “off” switch.

Positive trees, on the other hand, seem to make a sweeter, less irritating sound when they fall with a swish and that makes me feel good about life.

So I think I’ll look for the good trees. I’ll listen to the bad trees to stay informed, but when I begin to experience “bad tree overload,” I’ll seek out good trees to balance things out.

For those who continue to listen only to the bad trees, the sound will be their reality; but in my little sphere of existence, I will continue to seek the occasional silent, blissful ignorance.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine who also served for 15 years in municipal parks and recreation, is now a full-time photojournalist who lives in Beaufort, S.C.; he can be reached at (678) 350-8642 or email

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