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The Little Things

February 4, 2013 - Brian Collins
I'm not sure if it's a reflection on society or just an overall look into my own personal value system, but I just can't believe the little things that are making and breaking my day lately.

For example, being allowed to turn left out of the Wendy's parking lot today (while the light was red) was a highlight. A HIGHLIGHT.

I remember when I was learning how to drive, if I didn't slow down and let someone turn out of their driveway while the light was red, my mother would smack me and my dad would make me turn around and drive home, effectively ending my driving privileges for that day.

What happened to those kinds of values?

Simplistic though they may be, our society has completely let go of the little things.

I mean, seriously. I have sat and waited through three or four red lights just trying to get out of the Times Observer driveway during Warren's so-called rush hour. It takes five seconds to let someone go.

Do we really have that little time that five seconds is too much to let go of?

Also, greetings have really gone the way of the dinosaurs... and I can't stand that.

When I say good morning to someone when I'm approaching the checkout line and they just stand there and stare at me waiting for my items... that's just a bummer.

I'm not trying to initiate a conversation about global politics, second amendment rights, evolutionary theory, or tell you about my night last night... I'm just trying to be polite.

So, from now on, I'm going to say hello to everyone and not let a single person get out during a red light.

Yeah, right... I'll probably just forget and move on.


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