Letter to the Editor
If you want to be kind and loving you must be kind and loving. If you win in a competition, then you can feel superior and be arrogant or you can be humble and have respect for those who have competed against you. But it is not success or failure in big things that reveal the type of person that you are, but rather, it is the little everyday things that you do that often goes unnoticed and unrewarded. A kind word, extra attention, helpful instruction, a compliment or correction that you give someone can appear to go unnoticed, but can benefit someone the rest of their life or at the key moment in their life when it is truly needed. You may have been told that you can or cannot change the world, but you and only you can change yourself, and in doing that you will have changed the world and everyone that you will meet. You are the building blocks of the future and what you build will be left for another person. A person whose life is similar to yours, but whose life will start living a little better or worse because you are in it today. Life is the best gift that we have been given, so enjoy the wonders of it and use it wisely.
Terry O’Neill, Lake Geneva Resident and Former Alderperson