BBETTERDAILY: “Light Rain”

This short film, based on a true story, uses a child’s simple, but profound words on a rainy day to show that we shouldn’t sweat the small stuff in life.

In “Light Rain,” a video uploaded to YouTube, a crowd of people stand under the shelter of a building, quietly waiting for the rain to pass. The silence is broken by a little girl who begs her mother to go running through the rain. Her mother, annoyed at the request and planning to stay as dry as possible, turns her down.

The girl says, “Don’t you remember? When you were talking to daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘If we can get through this, we can get through anything.’”

Reflecting on her daughter’s words for a few minutes, the mother realizes that there is a beautiful lesson in what the child has told her.

Through the little girl’s innocent words, the video aims to prove that people face bigger challenges every day, and our petty problems should be put into perspective. And maybe, just maybe, we can even have a little fun with them.

BBETTERDAILY: A Success Story- Steve Harvey

Video 1- Steve Harvey breaks down after being reunited with a couple that helped him during a low point in his life.
Video 2- Steve Harvey talks about the Law of Attraction
Video 3- Steve Harvey stand-up comedy clip

Steve Harvey was born on January 17, 1957 in Welch, West Virginia, the son of Jesse Harvey, a coal miner, and his wife Eloise. His family moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated from Glenville High School in 1974. Shortly after high school, he attended Kent State University and West Virginia University and is a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity. He has been a boxer, an insurance salesman, a carpet cleaner, and a mailman.

Comedy career

Harvey first performed stand-up comedy on October 8, 1985 at the Hilarities Comedy Club in Cleveland, Ohio. He was a finalist in Second Annual Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search performing on April 16, 1990, eventually leading to a long stint as host of It’s Showtime at the Apollo, succeeding Mark Curry in that role. His success as a stand-up comedian led to a starring role on the ABC show Me and the Boys in 1994. He would later star on the WB network show, The Steve Harvey Show, which ran from 1996 to 2002. While popular in the African-American community (the show won multiple NAACP Image Awards), the show never achieved critical acclaim outside of the African-American community, a matter about which Harvey has often complained.

In 1997 Harvey continued his work in stand-up comedy, touring as one of the Kings of Comedy, along with Cedric the Entertainer, D.L. Hughley, and Bernie Mac. The comedy act would later be put together into a film by Spike Lee called The Original Kings of Comedy. DVD sales of The Original Kings of Comedy and Don’t Trip, He Ain’t Through With Me Yet increased Harvey’s popularity. He released a hip hop and R&B CD on a record label he founded, and authored the book Steve Harvey’s Big Time. That title was also used as the name of his comedy and variety television show (later renamed Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge), which aired on The WB network from 2003 until 2005. Harvey also launched a clothing line, which featured a line of dress wear. In 2005 he co-starred in the movie Racing Stripes. He had appeared in the 2003 movie The Fighting Temptations alongside Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles. He achieved further critical and commercial success through his book Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and its subsequent cinematic follow-up Think Like a Man, an ensemble romantic comedy depicting characters taking advice on dating from the book.

In 2008 Harvey hosted the Disney Dreamers Academy, a teen-focused personal and professional enrichment event that took place January 17–20, 2008 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

On August 2, 2012, Harvey performed his final stand-up act at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, ending a 27-year career as a stand-up comedian. The two-hour performance was broadcast live on Pay-Per-View. “The road to this final show has been an amazing journey, doing stand-up for the past 27 years, and I can’t thank fans enough after reflecting on all those years on stage,” he said.

Radio host

Main article: The Steve Harvey Morning Show

Harvey is the host of a weekday-morning radio program, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, which was originally syndicated through Radio One, Inc. (from September 2000 until May 2005) and which continues to air to the present time.

Family Feud

Harvey began hosting Family Feud in September 2010. The show has seen significantly improved ratings under Harvey. As of November 2012, it was the second most-watched daytime syndicated show.

Stand-up, radio, sitcom, game show host, talk show host, author, movies…what will Steve do next?! Stay tuned…

 

BBETTERDAILY: Paying it Forward Pays Off

Splish Splash
One day, Databalz showed up to the local car wash and decided to pay more than what was owed:”I paid 30 feeling generous and told the cashier that the next car should get full clean interior with a wax wash.”Two weeks later, Databalz went for another wash — only to learn the extra money was still being paid forward.

Couponers Unite
User ezArnold, who worked retail in college, shared a story from a memorable holiday season that would have otherwise been unenjoyable and chaotic:”One of the customers who had finished with their transaction asked if they were allowed to hold on to their coupon they just used,” wrote ezArnold. “I replied that they were, and the customer turned around and handed it to the person behind her.”Each customer continued to pay it forward for approximately 45 minutes.”The people who had received it looked really thankful,” ezArnold said.Starbucks Special

Goodwill was brewing at a Starbucks in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Wednesday morning when a customer at the drive-through window decided to “pay it forward” and buy coffee for the next person in line.

Instead of just accepting the free drink and moving on, however, that customer returned the favor and bought a drink for the next person in line at the drive-through.

It happened again… and again… and again, until 378 customers had purchased drinks for the strangers in line behind them, a “pay it forward” chain that lasted nearly 11 hours.

“It makes your day better, I think,” customer Lexie Kane told The Tampa Bay Times.

“Someone started a good thing and we’re just trying to carry the ball,” customer John Myers told Bay News Nine.

The hot streak ended at about 6 p.m., when a woman insisted on just paying for her own drink.

Barista Vu Nguyen told the Times that the customer didn’t seem to understand the concept.

These random acts of caffeinated kindness happen from time to time. This particular location at one point had a “pay it forward” sequence that lasted through 141 customers. And last year, a pay-it-forward chain at a Connecticut Starbucks lasted for several days and 1,468 customers.