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Kindness goes a long way

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 1:13 p.m. CDT

In the past couple columns, one man’s opinion about our water superintendent has been made perfectly clear.

Let me first say, I don’t know Mr. Reed or any of the people mentioned in his letters.

Most people who make life-altering changes in their lives do so because a brick has hit them in the head, hit bottom, had an “a-ha” moment or got caught and were forced to face their own demons.

We’ve all been there, except our experiences are dealt with privately.

I feel sorry for Mr. Reed. It must be a huge burden to be perfect and your halo must weigh a ton.

Does all this anger make you feel good or superior?

My advice? Try kindness. Offer your support and help. That’s what neighbors and communities do, we help each other. We don’t kick each other when we’re down. We come together as strangers and become friends. This would make our city fathers proud.

I wish Mr. Patterson and his family well and will keep them in my prayers, along with you, Mr. Reed. Being nice is so much easier and it feels so good. You should try it.

I’ve only lived here for four years, but from personal experience, Osceola is a community that cares for each other and always comes together when one of their own is in trouble.

Just remember, a smile and kind word can make a difference to you and the recipient.

Thank you,

Lyla Nennig


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