Never look a gift horse in the mouth

2015-11-10 06:00

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People are quick to complain. It’s human nature – when you’re not happy with something you speak up, say how you feel, kick up a fuss until someone hears and does something about the problem.

As recently demonstrated by university students across the country, when you yell hard enough someone is bound to hear and act. The students were victorious, yet now some say it’s not enough.

The problem these days is that people have forgotten the common courtesy of “Thank you”. Give them a finger and they try to grab the whole arm, or worse, they throw it back because they wanted the pinkie, not the thumb.

Often people complain about a crime-ridden alley, but when someone takes action and closes it, those same people are unhappy because they can’t walk through it anymore. We constantly hear how long the waiting list for government housing is. After years and years of waiting a family finally walks into their own home, but then it’s not good enough because it’s too small or located in the wrong area.

And of course, roads . . . Everyone who owns a car has had his fair share of traffic, but let the City dare start with roadworks to improve the road and lessen congestion and you hear the moaners start their engines. Or the complaints roll in when they put up another speed bump in front of a school.

People too easily forget it is impossible to keep everyone happy. The ones making the tough decisions about a solution for a specific problem often have a much bigger picture to consider too.

The house you have been waiting for these last ten years may not be perfect or in the ideal location, but it’s yours to decorate and cherish and share with whom you wish.

The extra block we have to walk to catch a taxi or the extra bump we have to break for in the road may be an inconvenience, but it could save a life.

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