I read about the idea first when bikerchick57 posted about it on her blog, Mary J Melange. Then I read about it again when Susan Scott wrote about it on her blog, Garden of Eden Blog.
I liked what they were talking about so I thought to meself, I’ll do this project, too. Thus I share with you my first post in a yearlong monthly event called We Are The World Blogfest, the point of which is to highlight positive news stories and present them on the last Friday of the month.
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INTRODUCTION: I initially thought it would easy to find a positive news story online, but I was naive.
Stupidity. Anger. Hostility. Resentment. Those news stories were everywhere, easy to find even when I didn’t want to find them.
I was ready to give up on this project but decided that I wouldn’t let vitriol win, and eventually I found the following positive news story, therein proving that good news is out there if you intentionally look for it.
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THE NEWS STORY: When I finally found something positive in the news, it was a story about a small personal gesture made by a woman who behaved rudely toward a guy who was just doing his job. The story, Starbucks barista gets apology note and $50 bill from ‘sassy’ customer, hit home with me for many reasons.
For one thing, I’ve worked as a waitress, which is like a barista in that you have to deal with tired people who just want their food and drink. Now.
Also I’ve been a sassy customer, not in food establishments as much as in retail stores, when I can’t find what I want– and all that I want is, in my mind, so simple and should be there.
And three, I’ve sent apology notes to friends and family when I’ve goofed up. ‘Cuz good manners count.
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COMMENTARY: This was an act of kindness that highlights a common problem that I see in our increasing complicated, impersonal, and fast-paced world. That is, a lack of patience for not getting what you want, then taking it out on whomever happens to be the messenger.
But what I do not see or read about often enough are apologies expressing a sincere regret for impatient behavior, backed up with something tangible. Hello, President Grant!
So in conclusion, with all due respect to Gibbs Rule #6, I think that in many cases, such as this one between strangers, apologies are a sign of strength that can only make our world a better, less hostile, more connected place in which to live.
And we all want that, don’t we?