If you see something, say something.

That is what the police ask of us if we see something suspicious.

Who knows how many somethings turn out to be nothing alarming? By the same token, we also don’t know how many reports turned out to be helpful in preventing a crime?

I believe in saying something nice whenever possible. When reading newspapers or watching television, listening to radio news programs, one can easily come to the conclusion that there is nothing good happening at all these days.

The media has a saying, if it bleeds, it leads. There is a gossip gene in many people, who enjoy hearing something bad about anyone.

A kind word or compliment from a stranger can make a person’s day at times.

A bus boy in a café where we often dine is a fine example of the good old Puritan work ethic. I observe him as he quickly and efficiently does his job with little or no supervision. He is always busy, bussing tables, setting up tables and chairs for large groups, offering us more coffee  – all on his own.

He may go unnoticed by most of the patrons, but my eyes are constantly drawn to him.  I told him once that I would not be surprised to learn some day that he will either manage or own that establishment where he is presently employed.  He just smiles modestly and says a simple thank you.

No braggadocio whatever, “just doing my job,” he adds.

I am not slighting the rest of the fine staff. I merely wanted to give recognition to someone we sometimes overlook because he is not directly involved with bringing our meals to us.

It also is my small contribution to saying something good for a change instead of highlighting the horrible events and man’s injustice to his fellow man that is so prevalent in the news these days.

There isn’t much we can do about all the daily calamities in the world, but just as a single step begins the longest journey, we could all make a difference in our little corner of the world by saying something good to, or about someone.  Watch the good feelings spread like ripples in a stream when you toss in a pebble.

As the late Yogi Berra said, “You can observe a lot by just watching.”

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