Slow down and notice people

Published 9:51 pm Monday, October 26, 2015

To the editor:

After reading the article “A selfless act of compassion” (Oct. 14) I am reminded that there are still people in today’s busy society that make the time to notice others and reach out to help.

I live in a small community where everyone should know everyone. Regrettably I do not know the names of one family that lives on our street.

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Nearly gone are the days when people would drive through town and wave at everyone they passed, whether they know them or not. Our lives are busy and rushed, and we rarely take the time to notice those around us.

Noted in the article were the compassionate acts of Quinton Franklin, who took the time to notice a young man on the side of the road, who seemed to be in trouble and was contemplating ending his own life.

Mr. Franklin didn’t know this young man. All he knew was that he needed help.

How often do we notice someone in need, let alone stop to do something about it?

We all can take a lesson from Mr. Franklin. Slow down and notice the people around you. We can reach out to each other and become a stronger community.

Deanie Robertson