Living in the City of Olympia for more than 20 years has opened opportunities for me to meet many people who are amazing in their own right. I am speaking of ordinary people making differences in the lives of themselves as well as others. I am thankful for this platform known as the Diversity Panel to enlighten a community and highlight the issues so many face day to day, and once they have arrived they make a conscience decision to pay it forward.
I was taught, no matter how far you get in life the greatest things you can accomplish are happiness, humbleness and an appreciation for the fact that you can learn from everyone.
I feel there are many stories to be told and much to debate as we journey through the streets where some are making poor choices while others are fighting every step of the way to succeed against all odds.
The population here is more diverse than most and in some ways we share similarities in the trials and tribulations we face in our everyday lives. Ever had a day where nothing went right and you couldn’t even find someone to entertain your pity party? You picked yourself up, dusted off and moved on, because life just goes on.
Did you ever think about just “flipping the script” and putting a smile on your face and offering a compliment to just give someone a boost in their day. Things just start falling into place.
You look around and realize people are doing awesome things and this makes the day seem a little bit brighter. We could all use a kind word and you never know how those words can enhance a day in someone’s life. You do it because it’s just the right thing to do.
When was the last time you truly cared or did something because it was the right thing to do? In this day and time we go through so much. Teenage pregnancy is out of control, gang activity is up and, the number of homeless is mind boggling.
The moment it is in your face do you belittle, ignore, pray for an out, or do you sit and pray to be a ray of sunshine in the midst of someone’s storm.
Those in crisis, chronically depressed and ones victimized by their own inhibitions could hear “a word” and stand up, look in the mirror and say “I love you” and mean it. We strive to live up to what is expected of us, but we seldom hear, “Your best is good enough.”
Even though I heard that statement before, I heard it on television the other night and, for the first time, I understood it. This was a person I will probably never meet, but those few words touched me and I felt somewhat at ease. That ordinary person spoke words that made my day.
Words have the power to heal the hearts of silent sufferers and help some realize they deserve to live and be happy. Before you know it, you start to hear laughter and then figure out the person laughing is you.
Life is what we make of it and being a positive influence by a simple kindness can take you far. The silence of ordinary people deprives a moment in a life. It starts with one and ends with a village.
We so often focus on the negative things going on in our lives rather than getting to know ourselves and learning nothing in life is guaranteed but change. Why not make it for the better?
Angel Roberson, mother and emergency room technician at Providence St. Peter Hospital for 11 years, is a member of The Olympian’s Diversity Panel. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.