If you’re a news junkie, it’s safe to say that you have been led to believe that partisanship is how our country, and world, operates.
If you’re active on social media, it’s safe to say you read the comments posted by extremists from both sides, bullying others from behind the screens of their phones, tablets, or iPads.
Fact is, our communities are made-up of many decent human beings who don’t hate each other. They’re civil people who want nothing more than to get along, raise good children, and live a peaceful life. They can even discuss controversial topics with ease and diplomacy, not berating those with opposing views. They are eager to help someone in need, and seek ways to be of value.
I was reminded of this over the past weekend while participating at an artisan market in a neighboring town. Shopping local was the focus and showcasing handmade items from an array of vendors was celebrated. We met so many lovely people – and not once did politics, current events, or religion come up in conversation.
Kindnesses were exchanged. New friends were made. And hope was reaffirmed. What a beautiful world we live in.
I am compelled to share this story in the most succinct way possible. A young girl, maybe ten years of age, visited our booth to learn more about our pet treats.
When we finished our conversation, she decided to purchase some treats. When she asked how much, I witnessed her grow contemplative and fidgety, rubbing the one dollar bills nervously between her fingers.
We had a rather in depth conversation about ingredients, the history of my not-for-profit, and her cat(s). She was an old soul; an introspective, polite, mature child that left me in awe of her class, poise, and elegance.
Because this wasn’t my first rodeo, I picked up on what was happening. She didn’t have enough money. She wanted the treats, but that would have cost her more than she was willing to spend – like x # of dollars to spend that day across the multitude of vendor booths.
I asked her, “Do you have a budget to spend for today? Do you need to make selections based on that budget’?” She shyly nodded. Then I struck a deal.
“I think your cat should consider these a gift. Please take this package home – and I hope your cat loves them!” The girl was shocked and overjoyed.
An hour or so passed when I saw that beautiful little lady approaching our booth, enthusiasm bouncing off her every step, hands outstretched with this unique candle built into a tree trunk. Obviously a mini tree trunk, but you can visualize it – right?! Fabulous!
Her words, “Thank you for the cat treats. This is for you.” If only you could envision this beautiful old soul extending her gratitude through a gift from her artisan booth. I’m doing my damndest to figure out which vendor that was so we can send our thanks – and praise this lovely girl. She is an example of goodness that we should all emulate.
Many, or most, kids wouldn’t have been shy in letting me know they didn’t have enough dough. They may have also asked for a freebie. Or many freebies.
What a perfect memory is etched in my mind. I’ll be sure to revisit often.
Don’t let the media or social media bullies influence your perspective on life.
Get out there. Talk to people. Get involved in your community. Experience all the good that actually surrounds us – and extinguish the media madness.