… I need your goodness … and I love your smile … I love your optimism … You say everything’s gonna be alright …

You know, it’s times like these that people take stock of what they have, that they realize just how much they cherish the people around them, that they tolerate the mistakes and annoyances of people around them. It’s amazing to see people being courteous, generous in fact. At the supermarket, on the freeways, around the office — people are acting like they should.

The sad part is that it takes something terrible to affect people to this extent. And the saddest part is that it won’t last. “Time heals all wounds,” they say, which means that in a few weeks you can expect to see the worst in people start to surface again.

At some point, people stop feeling guilty, stop focusing on the sadness and anger and start to go back to their normal lives. For some, that doesn’t mean much, but for others, it means that they will be prone to their normal attacks of bitter and twisted behavior. Thankfully, there are people who are happy, pleasant, courteous and just downright nice (like Sez, for example) that make going through your day a pleasure.

There used to be a bumper sticker back home that read, “Courtesy is catching.” In the time ahead, I hope that people live and breathe that mantra.

Especially those who normally wouldn’t.

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