MISSOURI, July 28, 2014 — How true that it’s the little things that count. Everybody manages the big and obvious things of life. However, it’s also the little things in life that one must pay attention to in order to have completeness.
As a part of society and a part of a community, we need to keep our surroundings clean. This contributes to beautiful surroundings to live in and raise our children in an environment that shapes their thoughts on how a community should look. This carries over to their adult life and sets the standard for their children and “the beat goes on.”
Streets used to be clean, and people took pride in their neighborhoods. Most seniors have the memories of clean streets and trash-free roads.
For some reason, people never thought about throwing things on the street. People actually threw their garbage into trash cans, and park personnel with the sticks with the nail on the end picked up the few stray wrappers.
Do you remember if you were a curb boy or girl at a drive-in restaurant that one of your tasks was to continually make sure the lot was clean and every morning you hosed down the lot? All the jobs for the young people entailed cleanliness from sweeping up in the barbershop to making sure the windows and doors were finger print free in a drive-through restaurant.
The alleys in the residential areas in the city were clean. Families hosed out their trash barrels weekly. Alleys were utilized to play bottle caps or cork ball and yes when you got done they made sure they got all the bottle caps to be used in the next game but also picked up any candy bar wrappers or milk cartons that were left on the ground. This was automatic.
Today, one observes people emptying their ashtrays while sitting at a stop sign and actually – as they are driving- flipping out their cigarette butts. How about throwing out wrappers as they are driving or even worse dropping the hamburger sacks out of the car. To prove this point communities have people and organizations now volunteering to keep sections of the highways clean.
It’s amazing the number of carts that are not returned to the stalls. You park in places so that a rolling cart can’t “ding” your car. Now there are some grocery stores that have electronic devises on carts so that they cannot be taken off of the lot. Some of our fellow citizens who are so lazy and busy that they can’t return their cart. The people who after putting their groceries in the car leave the cart parked between their car and some other shopper’s car. Sometimes they spend several minutes trying to position the cart so that it won’t-at that point in time-ding the other car. Have you ever chased a rolling cart down the lot to prevent it hitting another car? It happens. Maybe the short walk would help them physically. This again is another small action.
This is just a mere sample of how things not only have changed, but it’s the little things that do count in our everyday actions that attributes to life as a whole. If people don’t care about these small actions one wonders how they treat their actions toward the bigger actions of daily living when it comes to their jobs, friend, family and love ones. There is a relationship between these actions. So as one travels down the highway of life one must remember that the little things one does-does count.
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