I just had to put this 2 minute video on the website. It wouldn’t be fair for me not to share it with you. The way the kids react is amazingly sweet- they are so open and caring. And this guy really makes me appreciate what I have, and what we all have to share. He inspires me to try harder to make a difference. I hope you feel the same, no matter where you are in life. I want to make a difference. After all, it’s all about the kids anyway. We should each try to make the world a better place before we leave it.
KKBI Q102 out of Southeast Oklahoma, was kind enough to invite us to do an interview with them today! Shellye was great to talk with about our awareness program. By her giving us radio time, she and Tina, and the rest of the crew at Q102 took awareness to a higher level! I can’t thank them enough for their willingness to support our efforts, and really help us get the word out that there is work to be done, and what we can do to help. It doesn’t matter who we are, where we go, or what we do. We can always help stop hate!
Listen to the interview here- Thanks again Shellye and the crew at Q102! You rock!
Don’t confuse me with someone who doesn’t really care about anything.
When I was little, which seems even longer ago now that I wrote that, I can remember how people would do things then that seem so different than the way we do things now. People waved at each other. Sometimes even if they didn’t know each other. It didn’t matter back then if you did or didn’t. You waved because you were friendly. Back then, they actually cared about the people and events that affected everyone around them. Folks were involved enough in their communities, to at least involve themselves with their community. They even did the unthinkable. People would actually look at each other, and make eye contact! I know. It’s wierd now. We’re all scared we might offend someone, or even worse, have to actually speak to them. But I can’t be like that. I feel like it’s just as easy to be friendly, and I’ve been known to go so far as to say hello, and even smile, at strangers! I still get asked things like, “Do you know them? or Why did you wave at them?” I just laugh and say “I don’t know!” Maybe they’ll wave back and wonder who I was for the rest of the day. It works for me. As crazy as it sounds, there are still good people out there that care very much, and I’m determined to be one of them.
What’s most disturbing to me is that we don’t even know our neighbors much anymore. My old neighbor was a dear friend of mine, and had enough years behind him for me to pay attention to what he had to say. He told me that he believed the blame could be placed on the invention of air conditioning and T.V. There’s probably a good bit of old farmer’s wisdom in those words. He said ever since they came along, the houses that were built got smaller front porches, because nobody wanted to sit outside anymore. That we all lost interest when we went inside, and didn’t even know what was really going on in our own neighborhoods. Blame it whatever you want, but times have changed. People used to be involved, and that’s what made it different. It seems like those days are gone for most of us. But not all of us. Remind me to tell you about his first glass of ice-water someday- The things we take for granted…
We are very creative in finding ways to stay inside in our seclusion. My neighbor wouldn’t understand the modern additions to our diversions like computers, and all of the toys we have today. Or how we need to be entertained and to search for new ways to occupy our time. It’s the opposite of being on the front porch, or out in the yard, just watching the kids on the block ride by on their bikes. Now, I’m not saying you can’t watch T.V. or follow us on Twitter, and it’s hard to be consistent at times. And I’m not telling you to wear your arm out by waving at everyone driving by either. But more creativity in our friendliness wouldn’t hurt. All of us have excuses that we call reasons, for not doing more than we do. Notice I said we- I know I have days where I don’t even want to go out and get the mail, let alone have to wave at someone because I did. But I also understand that if I want to make a difference, I have to act a little differently. We need to trade a little free time, for more nice time at some point. I care enough to try to be more friendly, and I’ll prove it. So if you think nobody cares anymore, and everyone is the same, don’t be mistaken. I care, and I’m not alone. If we’re going to make our world a better place, we’ll have to go back outside once in a while, and at least look around. Just be prepared to smile and wave when you do- I’ll be looking for you! ~DS
We guarantee that if you make someone feel better, you will too.
One of the few things left that you can do for free anymore, is to make someone feel better. It doesn’t cost you a dime to do it. And it’s usually pretty easy to do if you try. And chances have it, it’s going to make you feel better too! From a smile and a nod of your head, to a kind word, or simply letting someone that looks like they are hurried, go in front of you in line. The list is long and easy.
Making someone feel better, is a matter of deciding to be nice- in public! Sounds funny when it’s written down like that, but it really is as basic as treating others the way we would like to be treated. Being as nice to others in public, as we are to ourselves in private. And the truth is, we never know what people are going through, or know how much being kind to them can really mean. It’s about time we stop just passing each other by, and all put a little more human into humanity.
Sometimes it’s easier said than done. But when you are successful it is very rewarding. So be careful and remember, it’s contagious! After all, we could all use a little more kindness in our lives. Life is hard enough. If you were having a bad day, wouldn’t you like for someone to help you feel better?
If you’ve come this far, don’t stop now! The fact that you’ve taken the time to even come here means you are on the right track. If you are here to help stop hate, we like your attitude, and that is really what we are all about. Attitude. Our mission is to heal attitudes through education, and we need your support.
Our program is simple, because we need to get back to basics. Hate is spreading like a virus throughout our communities and world. But, not everyone wants to hate, and we need to show the world just that. We want to provide visual tools for you to show your good attitude to the people in your life. The more we see it, the more we understand each other and help change negative attitudes to positive ones. With Stop Hate Gear, you can show your attitude without saying a word! And when you give, we give- This is one way for us to multiply your good work, and help spread your impact on the world even further than you could by yourself, doubling your efforts. Simple idea, big results!
We can’t stop hate if we don’t start. It has to start somewhere, so why not with you? Thank you for taking the time to find out about ways you can help stop hate. You are on your way to making a positive difference!
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