There's Still a Lot of GOOD Out There!
Saturday, February 05, 2011
Every time we turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper or magazine, we get bombarded with what is going on in Egypt or listen to the Deifying of Ronald Regan.
Sure, what is happening in Egypt IS important to the rest of the world due to the Suez Canal shipping routes, and Ronald Regan did do some good things for our country and the rest of the world.
But where is the news about OUR country?
We have politicians waffling around, even those that were voted in primarily by the Tea Party. Now those same pols are refusing to align themselves with the Tea party. When asked questions, they him and haw and do the usual speaking of lots of words without saying anything. Didn't take them long to learn how to play the game, did it.
We still do not have a national budget, still have a President who is promising all kinds of interest groups and college kids more money, and the nasty, unfounded snide remarks about Sarah Palin continue.
Bill O'Reilly hasn't gotten any more humble or civilized to his guests, Planned Parenthood is blaming the Republicans for their horrific abortion practises with pimps and 14 year old girls, and nobody seems to know anything about our troops.
John McCain is busy kissing up to Obama, Chicago has allowed Rahm Emanuel to run for Mayor, even though he hasn't been a resident for two years in that state, which their law requires.
The Government wants to put rapid transit in all our states, but make the bankrupt states pay for it, despite the people not wanting it. We have spent millions in building bridges across turtle crossings, Christians are still not able to pray in public, and there really isn't anyone to be proud of or to hold up as a true Hero in our government.
It can get downright depressing, can't it. Well, all the news is not bad.
Yesterday I came out of a convenience store while a young man was bringing in a dolley filled with cases of beverages. It was raining, and everything was wet and slippery.
I wanted to get off the sidewalk so I wouldn't block the young delivery man's way, but my foot slipped. and I headed for a nose dive.
That young man immediately dropped his load and rushed to catch me, which he did.
My glasses had fallen off and I stepped on them, twisting them out of shape and making one of the lenses fall out.
He held me until he knew I was steady on my feet, asking "Are you okay, Sweetie"? And then he reached down, picked up my glasses, straightened them out as best he could, and popped the lense back in.
His obvious kindness was a true ray of sunshine on a bleak, wet, rainy day.
I commented on his fallen beverage cases, and he said "Not to worry. YOU are much more important that they are!".
I got in my car, put the key in the ignition, and then stopped. By this time, the young delivery man was inside the store, so back in I went.
I asked him for his name and the address of the company for which he works. He wrote it all down for me, and then another man asked why I wanted it. (The other man had seen everything, and he was expecting me to say I wanted to sue or something, by the look on his face as he glared at me.)
I replied that I was so touched by the young man's kindness that I wanted to write a letter to his company about how he helped me, and how curteous he is.
The young man's face blushed, the other man gave me a hug, and we all taked about how easy it is to call and complain about an employee, but how seldom do people write in about the good service we get from their workers.
You know, that young man could have just gotten out of my way and let me fall. He certainly didn't have to fix my glasses as well as he could, and he could have just been rude or ignoring to me.
But he didn't choose that way of action. He chose instead to help a Senior Citizen from falling, and more than that, he was truly concerned about how I was.
He chose the higher path, and made a very strong impression on me.
I am going to write to Simon's employer, Marine View Beverages out of Port Angeles, and let them know they have a wonderful person in their employ. I hope they put my letter in his file, so when he is due for a review, they will see it and give him the raise in pay he deserves. I hope my letter will bring an increased appreciation of him, and that they see how fortunate they are to have such a fine representative "out there" where the public can see.
There really IS a lot of "GOOD" out there for us to see. It is in finding the good in those we meet. It is in our fellow man.
I hope that someday, I will be as kind, thoughtful, considerate, polite and helpful as that young man.
He made a great difference in my life.
Thank you, Simon. You made all the difference!
Member Comments About This Blog Post
There are a lot of Simons out there, and they tend to be overlooked. Some quietly step out of the way of those in a hurry or open doors, shift a box away from an edge, etc. It's the "goobers" that get out attention and irritate us. Some days, I let the goobers get me down - but if I make a conscious effort to see the Somins, they're out there, too. Brava for you for making the effort to reward Simon!
1960 days ago
Your story has brought tears to my eyes. You already are the person you strive to be, Sandy. You are one of the most generous and caring people I know.
And, I am glad you didn't fall --- again.
1965 days ago
You know, you are exactly right!! There ARE a lot of Simon's out there, that go unrecognized. I am, as you, one of those people who will go above and beyond to let your employer know what a GREAT JOB you did and how you went out of your way to help me with my needs. Do it all the time. And I, like you, HOPE my letter DOES end up in their personnel file.....We are a lot alike....hahaha...
On the OTHER hand, if you are HORRID at your job, I will also go above and beyond to let your employer know, but that really takes A LOT!!! The last time I had to do that, Doug and I had eaten dinner at UNO'S, at the end of dinner the waitress, who let Doug ad I both run out of tea numerous times, (all we EVER want is to NOT run out of drink) but this gal left us a "Opinion Card" to fill out about the service etc. Well when I looked at it, SHE HAD ALREADY FILLED IT OUT!!!! Saying SHE was "wonderful" and the food was "okay".......talk about going from 0-10 real quick, hahaha. Wrong table to pull that at!!!
I was a waitress many a year in my younger days, when I had balance, hahaha!
So we left and I asked for the manager to meet me out front, which he did and I gave him the card explaining that the terrible waitress had filled it out BEFORE giving it to us. I wonder how many cards told him how GREAT she was? Hahahaha!
What a goober!!! So I am so glad you had a SIMON around when you slipped instead of a goober!!!
Hope you had a great time at the Symphony last night!!!
1971 days ago
That truly is wonderful to hear there are kind and considerate people out there in the world! Because your right, so many people a re only selfish and selfcentered they forget to be servants as G*D wants us to be! You touched my Heart Simon to tears! ! Thanks for sharing and I hope your all right! Bless you for sharing! susana
1972 days ago
I'm so glad Simon was there to catch you and then help with the glasses! Good for you in getting the info to send a note to his employers--too often we complain and forget to compliment. I hope his employers take note of his kindness; it certainly made a difference for you and probably for anyone nearby who saw what happened. Yes, there IS still good out there!
1972 days ago
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