Don’t go through life without saying thank you

Published 10:01 pm Thursday, August 23, 2007

By Staff
I am a firm believer that good deeds will always repay us in one way or another. Whether it's just a simple "great job" from someone when we least expect it, a winning lottery ticket or some other good news we've been waiting for, it seems good things come to those who take time to show they care.
I was in awe recently while walking into a local store. Approaching the front door, I noticed a women walking slower than others. She had no choice, it appeared something was bothering her as she had a small limp.
As I came closer to the door, I noticed a car approaching pretty fast. You could tell this driver either wasn't paying attention or didn't plan on stopping. I wasn't the only one to notice, as a few others started yelling at this women, who was obviously distracted by a car full of kids, who were bouncing around in the back seat.
When she finally heard all of the commotion, she slammed on her brakes (also not noticing there was a stop sign right in front of her, which she missed hitting by about four feet.)
Luckily no one was hit, but the lady who had been walking slowly held her chest. I figured something was wrong so I, and a few others, went to her side. She was ok, just a little shook up, but I noticed her pants and part of her shirt were soaking wet. I missed the part where the lady saw the woman driver coming up fast in the car and tried to move out of the way, but fell on the wet pavement. Others saw it, but I didn't.
After we figured out everyone was alright, the lady driving had the nerve to yell out of her car window some very hateful words. She was upset because "we should be paying more attention." I thought pedestrians had the right-of-way, but anymore it really seems they don't.
That driver may think she got off scot-free, but a very kind gentleman memorized her license plate, went inside the store and asked to call the police, just to report the incident. He gave them all the information he could, so hopefully she gets what she deserves.
I see things like this on an almost daily basis. People will rush to pass a slower individual while walking to a register or door. People blame others for something that was actually their wrong doing. And one thing that gets me to this day are people who still don't say thank you. It's not that hard to say two little words, especially when someone does something for you they didn't have to do in the first place. I've had this done to me quite a few times. Sometimes I keep my mouth shut, other times I smirk to myself and wonder how someone could go through life with such disrespect. Oh well, it's not my problem. I was always told to say thank you, and I think I may say it a little too much sometimes.
I don't understand people sometimes. We all have our good days and our bad days, but it seems some people just live to make others miserable. I feel good about myself when I do something as little as opening the door for someone or letting them go in front of me in a line because they have fewer items than I do. Yet some people wouldn't take the time or day to do something like that. Those are the people who probably walk through life wondering why they are looked at differently or aren't as fortunate as others. It all goes back to something we were taught when we were younger – treat others as you want to be treated.