Letters to the Editor

If you’re not involved in the process, don’t complain
Thursday, July 12, 2018

“…And you don’t throw a fit.”

I make my daughter say that every time I’m being “mean” because I don’t always let her get her way.

A few months ago, you probably saw her picture on the front page of this paper with the headline “Tiny Girl, Huge Heart.” She had the idea to donate a box of supplies to the animal shelter with my mother in memory of my mother’s dog. I could not be more proud of her, but I’m also fearful.

My concern is she will someday lose her passion for helping others. My worry is not without merit and that is why I’m writing this letter.

Look at the letters in this paper recently or posts on social media. I know some of the letters are assignments from students (I’m not referring to those but I hope those students read this letter and get inspired).

I’m concerned about the people who do work without financial gain. Think about the events being cancelled because more people complain than support it. The ones who dedicate years to a project and get blasted because it wasn’t good enough for some. The people sacrifice special family moments because of their calling to help others.

Honestly, why should they? It’s not going to be good enough. Don’t they know we live in a world of instant gratification and everything happens the way we want it when we want it? Let’s just ignore the old saying “Nobody is perfect so just do the best you can.” Why do we expect such perfection?

Can you imagine how frustrating it must be to put so much of yourself into something just to be torn down because it didn’t work for someone else?

I have two challenges for all of us: First, do. If something is important to you, do something about it. Join the people who share your passion! Make the difference! Be proactive! If things are still not going to be “perfect,” find out why. I’m sure the reason isn’t out of spite. Don’t wait until after something is done to say something.

In my humble opinion, if you don’t get involved in the process, you don’t have any right to complain about the result.

Second, see. See all the good that people are doing. Appreciate all the hard work and the sacrifices others make. Share these heroes’ stories with as many people as you can. Be thankful for everything they do for you. Compliment more than you criticize.

If we don’t do these things, we will all see something very different. We will see the passion die out in their eyes. Do not break these people’s spirit because they are the glue that holds this community together. Without them, future generations won’t even try to do be the good we need in this world. We will all suffer. So I beg of you, do and see.

Lauren Brumfield

Reed Point

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