Last night, after reading a *post by Tyronehster about the tragic death of his brother, I realized once again just how short life is and how important and precious relationships are between people. Yet we often tend to avoid making up, forgiving, forgetting, and being tolerant of one another’s faults, views, and mistakes.
Then, after reading the comments to Tyronehster’s post, I realized I had a lump in my throat. At first I thought it was a bit of Lemon Cream cookie (which I was having with my Earl Grey), that got stuck in my esophagus. But after taking a few swallows of tea, the lump was still there.
(Now, for those of you that don’t know me: I stopped drinking many years ago – so it wasn’t an attacking lump of “dronkverdriet,” brought on by the Old Brown.)
It was a sober lump that was stuck in my throat – brought on by the realization that every single comment showed empathy, compassion, and sympathy with Ty in his moment of grief.
Atheists, Christians, bullsheeters, sheet stirrers – sworn enemies all – came together in a rare moment of ceasefire – all in support of a fellow contributor to this forum.
I suddenly realized that behind all the vicious and sometimes vindictive comments (of which I’m often guilty); there were real people who cared deeply about their fellow human beings. In other words: good people.
So, here’s to all you Good People: I salute you.
Tyronehster’s brother would have been proud of you.
*post - http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Family-20130926
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