Community.. What does it bring to mind?
Your local community? Your “neighborhood”.
What about work communities? Is their a
global community? Are you apart of it?
What have you done for it? What has it done
for you? Are our Sons and Daughters dieing overseas a part of
it? Will some of our sons and daughters be forever scared for
our part in the global community.
Yes they will, as have many fathers,
mothers, brother, sisters, friends, and grandparents before. I
don’t have any answer I can give as to why they must, or if they
should or shouldn’t. I’m opposed to people having to die in
battle. Fighting for their country, their neighborhood, their
family, at the hand of a terrorist, or even the battles with in
themselves (suicide). Unfortunately others don’t feel that way
and want to kill for what they believe.
I hope that one day we can evolve to a
state where the death is not needed. I am realistic in the fact
that I don’t think I will see it in this lifetime or my daughter
will see it in her current life. I do believe that the problem
is rooted in a lack of happiness. I just don't think happy
people go on killing sprees. I look around me and see people
with problems, not enough money, addictions, homelessness,
mental issues, stress, road rage, martial problems, peer
pressure, not enough time, no “good food”, the car is broke
down, the kids are whining, I can’t be every where for everybody
all the time, rush rush your late, I’m sick, kid is sick, dog is
sick, More bills in the mail, late fees, Milk is spoiled. We can
all relate to these. When was the last rainbow you saw? Who is
that walking toward me? Look away. No look at them Smile, extend
a greeting. Rotten moods spread but so can good ones. Everybody
wants to be around the happy person, and they don’t mind helping
them out once in awhile either.
Now lets think about that. Here is an
example; I worked on a computer help desk. The work load was
very high and the people that used to work there were never able
to meet the demands. They were in rotten moods most of the time
customers would yell and curse at them sometimes. None of them
seem to like their jobs. Four of us were sent in to take over
and run the help desk and the people there were sent to other
jobs. We went in with a positive outlook and had fun. We would
help everyone and not let the bad calls get us down. We even
would try to see who had the most uneducated user and was still
able to help them understand and correct the problem each day
kind of informal contests. We worked together as a team, laughed
had fun. We used each others strengths to solve what ever
problems came up. As a result service reached a whole new level
and all of us were promoted to better position. Customer sent in
thank you notes for the wonderful service.
Now picture the same environment where you
get stomped on by the boss for not solving all of the problems
from the day before so your attitude was down before you even
talked with the first customer. Or your commute was horrid and
you’re an hour late.
Lets look at the commute first as it could
be not near as bad if the person you relieve (or your Boss)
smiled when you came in and said I understand. Take a sec. It is
under control. You can make the time up later in the week if you
Now if the same Boss that stomped you for
not solving the problems waited till the morning rush of things
were done and came to you and said I’m looking at issues from
yesterday and want to get your input on how to help you handle
these unresolved problems.
Hmm. then when you went home at the end of
the day you might be the one nice person that let someone merge
into traffic instead of sticking him to the ramp so he has to
come to a complete stop and all the cars behind him too. Then
those people could be happier.
The hard part is being one of the people
that says I have fought life enough today I’m going to do my
best to enjoy it. After all it is a quality of life issue.
Happiness seems to be more in learning to enjoy what you have
then in fighting for what someone else has.
If we all tried to make it a little better
for the next guy someone will always take advantage of it, but
that is ultimately their problem and only your if your forced to
make it so (i.e. police, judges, and others we as a community
charge with that duty). For the rest of us this would be a
I would love it if everyone would volunteer
several hours a week to an organization in their community or
donate some funds toward a project for your community but we
can't all do that for one reason or another. Am I asking to much
for a smile? That one simple act can make the entire world a
better place. You never know what impact passing a bit of
happiness to another will have.