Updated: May 4, 2021
It is hard to not go a day or even a few hours without hearing a story of disbelief around a man. Actually it has become so common that we are almost desensitized to these stories. These stories are blind of demographics, as they come from all over. From the #metoo movement to the financial crimes of Bernie Madoff, we are constantly bombarded by these monsters, crooks, and all around bad guys. We as a society have placed a greater interest in these stories than in those of the genuinely good guys. Let’s flip the script and make a conscious attempt to seek out the good guys and their good stories. Here are some of my favorites and most meaningful:
Of course Houston Texan and local philanthropist JJ Watt is going to make this list. Watt makes headlines regularly with his incredible stories of supporting our local community. Most notably JJ Watt and his self named foundation raised over $37 million after Hurricane Harvey in August of 2017. Their website states that in the 12 months since the hurricane, they have provided over 26,000,000 meals (yes that’s million!, recovery and rebuilding of over 420 childcare or after school programs that service over 16,000 children, and the cleanup, repair, and rebuilding of over 600 homes to name just a few. Hurricane Harvey was one of the most costly natural disasters in history.
The Good Men Project
One of the few places that has plenty of stories about good men is goodmenproject.com. They cover a wide range of topics including sex and relationships, dads and families, gender, advice, and more. Check it out for good stories, written by good men, about good men.
This one is definitely the most important and impactful man in my life. Lenny, of course, is my father. From as early as I can remember Dad taught us the most basic principles of being a good man; teaching my brother and I right from wrong, to always be polite and say “please” and “thank you”, treat others as you would want to be treated, and more. These are just some of the values that now as a father, I am teaching my sons. My brother and I looked up (and still do) to him as a role model. I urge all those parents out there to start with some of these basic principles and instill them in your children. Be sure to follow your teachings as well as we know children often model their behavior after ours.
With so much publicity about men and their poor choices, it is nice to be reminded that we are actually surround by more good men. Guess the saying holds true, “one bad apple can spoil the bunch”. Do you have a good man in your life? Head over to our Facebook or Instagram page and share your story with us. You could win a $100 gift certificate and a bottle of wine.