my new thing is going to be to try to see the good in people. i know, it’s not going to be easy, but i figure it could be sort of a social experiment. i wanna step away from the “i hate people” attitude. it’s the inner Unitarian in me yearning to breathe free. i will see the inherent good in all people. i will..dammit!
so, it’s from this new mind set that i go with the family to a Philly union soccer game. while the family next to us was a bunch of rude yahoos, who clearly weren’t there to watch the game. this was given away by the 10 million times they got up during the first half alone. oh, right, people are good….um OK i’m sure that there is something good about this family, that i just wasn’t able to witness in the 90 minutes that i spent with them. what i did learn about them is that their daughter (probably 8) has a major foul mouth. instead of asking her mother nicely to get her something to drink (the moment that they sat down) she said, “go get me something to drink right now”. the mother response was, “in a minute”, instead of, “try again girlfriend!”
however, there we two 20 something boys behind us who were very well mannered. in a stadium where the son’s of ben are shouting asshole every time the opposing goalie takes a goal kick, these boys help their tongue. one of them started to say the “f” word but seeing the young impressionable kids in front of them, chose to switch it to fiddle sticks mid-word. even better it was apparent how unused to not swearing this kid was because instead of saying fiddle sticks, he said fiddlie sticks. i turned around and said thanks. the other boy said, “yeah, i’m not sure who this kid is saying fiddlie sticks.”
so, what did i learn today…..people may seem like they suck, but maybe you haven’t spent enough time with them to see where it is that they shine.
and that’s the best i can do.