We Are The World


It’s the 9th #WATWB in which we bring you, dear reader, a spot of GOOD news. It is hoped seeing ordinary people do extraordinary things will inspire you in some way; even if, yet very significantly, to know that humanity in its best sense shows itself in many ways just about all the time  – even if just a smile –

We post on the last Friday of every month – if you’d like to take part and spread some goodwill around, please see the link below to which you can add your link. It’s an easy operation …

It was hard for me to select an ‘event’ – there’ve been plenty. But this one touched my heart. And Prosper’s face is just beautiful and so handsome .. I loved how he was such a comfort to Annatjie.

A Joburg petrol attendant helped a woman with Alzheimer’s contact her family and got her home safely

Our thanks to our hosts this for the month of December. I’m also co-hosting. It would be great if you stopped by them. The stories people tell are sometimes mindblowingly amazing. 

  Shilpa GargInderpreet UppalSylvia SteinSusan ScottAndrea Michaels and Damyanti Biswas . Do go by and say hello ..

Should you wish to take part in this awareness initiative of spreading good will, here are a few basic guidelines: posts to be short, below 500 words. Link to a human news story on your blog, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Paste in an excerpt and tell us why it touched you. No story is too big or small, as long as it goes beyond religion and politics, into the core of humanity.

 Place the WE ARE THE WORLD badge or banner on your Post and your Sidebar. Some of you have already done so – a gentle reminder for the others. Help us spread the word on social media. Feel free to tweet, share on social media using the #WATWB hashtag to help us trend.

Should you wish to take part this is the link to add your name:-


I was tempted to use a link that Elaine Mansfield sent me in response to my last #WATWB. But I decided to keep it local and current. Elaine’s link is on Irene Sendlerowa (I know of her as Irene Sendler). Her story of rescuing people during in the Warsaw ghetto during WW2 is extraordinary. She died in May 2008. This is the link if you care to check it out. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2007/mar/15/secondworldwar.poland

May your Thanksgiving be blessed if you’re celebrating it. I hope this finds you well and in good health and cheer.  Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!

38 Comments on #WATWB

  1. Bless Prosper for his wonderful generosity and kindness. Thank you for bringing us such a wonderful story, Susan!

  2. I also loved the smile our hero gave the camera. Thanks for sharing this story of love and giving. Irene Sendlerowa would have been lovely, too, but I think people like Prosper need to be highlighted. Ordinary acts of extraordinary kindness make life worth living. You chose well. Thanks for doing WATWB. It’s a wonderful gift to be reminded of the goodness to be found in this world.

  3. It’s heartwarming to read your post. It gives hope that kindness still prevail in this modern inhuman era. i was in Jo Burg for some time. And happy to find more kind and loving persons during my stay there. Happy to join with you for #WATWB.

    • Thanks for coming by Vasantha. The people here in Joburg are very warm and friendly – am so glad you had that experience! Good on you for joining #WATWB! Will pop by you shortly ..

  4. An uplifting story of human compassion. Prosper Sebata is a light in this world. Thank you Susan for sharing his story and for cohosting the #WATWB.

  5. Susan, there are so many wonderful people in our country, just normal civilians like you and I, who are performing amazing acts of kindness.
    We need to expose more of these positive stories in order to overcome and hopefully drive out the negativity that has become so prevalent.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Writer In Transit

    • These stories do remind us don’t they Michelle of the acts of kindness by ordinary people and help as you say as reminders among the negativity so prevalent. Thank you for coming by. And again for helping me to make the linky link usable … and act of kindness by you! 🙂

  6. What a gorgeous story, Susan, of a simple act of kindness that meant so much and touched so many hearts. Prosper’s smile is beautiful but his heart is even more so. I wish him what is name signifies – prosperity, and that when he is in need, that he receives the help he requires, as he has given here.

  7. Hi Susan – what an amazing story … and so wonderful to read about Prosper and how the family will in due course honour him for his love and appreciation of a woman in distress … lovely to read about – cheers Hilary

  8. I worry about people with Alzheimer’s just for this very reason. Who is going to be there to help them when they become disoriented like this poor woman did? Great story.

  9. What a heart-warming story Susan. I understand intimately the struggles Alzheimer’s can bring as my father suffered through this challenge. I sympathize with the anguish
    Annatjie’s family must have experienced, and the sincere joy and relief to find she was safe. Prosper is clearly one of those human angels that happened to be on duty at the petrol station – an inspiration to us all.

    • Thanks Deborah for coming by. This woman drove from Pretoria to Johannesburg – believe me, it’s not just down the road. It’s about 45 km or so, and once you’re in the jungle of the city or even on its outskirts it’s a maze. She must have been so frightened, and I can only imagine her family … thank heavens for Prosper her guardian angel …

  10. That’s such a beautiful and heart-warming story, Susan. Prosper has shown that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. More power to him 🙂

    • Thanks Shilpa! Like your #WATWB man helping those in need, it shows so clearly how ordinary people do extraordinary things. Have a great weekend 🙂

  11. What a beautiful, uplifting story Susan! Thank you so much for sharing this with the world. That photo of Prosper is awesome, what a beautiful and incredibly kind human being! Hmm, his name tells us all we need to know. I wonder what joyous fate destiny has in line for him?

    I do love your own Facebook comment beneath the article. I found myself nodding in total agreement! Thanks again for including all the other #WATWB blog links, yippee! more amazing stories for me to read later today, can’t wait! Warm and wild blessings, Deborah.

    • Isn’t he the handsomest man Deborah! That smile! He will surely prosper! Yes my FB comment on the article came straight from my heart! Happy reading over the weekend which I hope is warm, wild and wonderful. And warm and wild blessings to you. Susan

  12. Such a beautiful and powerful post susan, it touched my heart to see the kindness and compassion of the petrol attendant. Thank you for being an inspiration, reading your posts motivated me to join in spreading light, thank you susan and I appreciate you for sharing and encouraging words your consistently post.

    • Thanks Genevive! It touched me too… and thank you for your kind words. Will be coming to all others over the weekend – have a lovely weekend!

  13. Thank you, Susan, for kicking off this month’s #WATWB and for co-hosting. I love the compassion that was shown to Annatjie — it is something that we all have the power to do!
    I am excited to be joining #WATWB for the second time. As it is still Thursday in British Columbia, my post will go live in the morning! See you then!

    • Thanks Donna for coming by! I’ll be getting to yours anon … am only now at my desk this late Friday pm. Great that you’re taking part! Have a great weekend.

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