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Could little things help?

Posted Friday, February 15, 2008, at 4:04 PM

How many people do you know who don't consider their day made unless they've put someone(s) down with caustic comments?

Do you know many people who value only one opinion? Their own.

Would it be a very dull world if all of us looked and acted exactly the same? Do you look down on people who are different?

Can you name many people in authoritative positions who think the only way to get anything done is treat everyone working under them like dogs or worse?

How many people do you know who apparently feel early morning demands that they be hateful and grouchy?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if each of us would single out at least one person daily we feel could use a nice boost and say something friendly and positive to them?

Just some things to think about while we wonder about the causes of such things as school shooting, mall shooting and workplace shootings. Could all of us contribute a tiny amount toward lowering the number of such incidents just by being nice to people rather than thinking of ways to be mean and hateful to them?

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I have not always been this way but have made a conscience decision recently to smile and speak to everyone I pass regardless of where I am. Its amazing how many people will ignore you or look straight to the ground. But on the other hand, many people respond positively. Especially the more senior generation. I have even had a couple of men raise a hat to me as they speak. It just brings a smile to my soul when I get the positive reaction. It has almost become a challenge to me as I go about my day to see how many people I can get a response out of. After all, a simple "Hello" never killed anyone.

-- Posted by ontheoutside on Fri, Feb 15, 2008, at 4:47 PM

you may find this interesting ontheoutside. I believe it was in the early 1980s when I ran a column on the suicide rate in Bedford County since there had been a big increase over a period of two or three years. I really put a lot of study into this matter.

Based on law enforcement records, notes left by some and other studies, I found all the expected reasons.

But one really stood out I really hadn't anticipated. A lot of the victims noted how unfriendly people were to them and how some never had a kind word for them.

-- Posted by bomelson on Fri, Feb 15, 2008, at 10:58 PM

That's sad Bo. Maybe if more POSITIVE ideas were told to students and adults ie: [Like linking certain talents/hobbies with Good paying jobs for school age children to strive for as a Goal.],

and more positive images were posted ie: [Images of Healthy living-"Food" "Exercise" "Well-being of oneself"] or [Images of people helping others/ or showing kindness to others]

and more positive sayings were said in our schools, jobs, churches, and homes;

ie: [Life is what you make it!] or [Do unto others as you want them to do unto you] [Put your best foot forward in everything you do] [Be thankful for what you have, some are less fortunate than you] maybe we will start seeing a more better society.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 12:31 AM

These comments have triggered my memory about a young man in our neighborhood in the late 1940's. He worked with his parents in their florist business. His job was to make the flower deliveries to the hospitals, funeral homes, etc. Every time he passed by in the neighborhood he had a wave and a smile for everyone he saw. After he was killed in a motorcycle accident somewhere around 1948 or 1949 his younger brother took over his responsibilities of flower delivery, and he continued the same friendly demeanor toward all of the people he met, and still does today after the florist business has closed. There is no way to measure just how much well being has been instilled in the people that these brothers met in their lifetime. I know that I am one of them.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 10:11 AM

That just goes to show you, that people remember bad things about people, but they also remember good things too. When someone passes away, you will hear how bad or good a person was. What they have done to help someone, or how bad they treated someone.

I like when you remember someone that always had a smile on their face, and always had a kind word to say to someone. Those type of people are usually well rounded in life, and had good upbringing.

There's so much going on in the world, and stress, it's hard to find a lot of good things to talk about, that are of Positive points of veiw. I'm sure there are some out there, it's just not in the "Spot-Light" as much as the negatives are.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Sat, Feb 16, 2008, at 12:43 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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