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posted: 4/8/2014 5:01 AM

Kind gestures will lead to yesteryear's glory

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It takes only one small act of kindness to make someone's entire day. Yesterday, while watching the golf channel, the commentators focused on a putt for someone far back in the field. They mentioned it had been a tough week for this golfer, who had high hopes for a strong finish in this tournament. It wasn't going well for him.

Anyway as he made the putt, he reached into the cup and aimed and then directly and gently tossed the ball in the direction of a very young spectator. I'm talking about 3 years old. He raced under the rope and quickly snatched the ball like a cherished prize. His smile became as wide as the grand canyon. He politely let his father and the his mother hold the ball and then the screen cut away to further golf action.

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The simple act of consideration is the missing ingredient in our world today, to help revitalize and relive the glory of yesteryear. Yes, I said it! You hear the conflict about weather's global warming. There's talk about recession and other financial turmoils. There's solid evidence of drugs, crime, war politics and hate as ever before. Yet for any problem worth solving, as complex as it may seem, a solution always starts with a basic fundamental concept. As in this example, it commences with "thoughtfulness."

Randy F. Gollay

Buffalo Grove

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