Goodyear Library

I’ve been sitting here, working on AGREE things at the Goodyear Public Library. It’s interesting to me how differently a person can be treated and how they respond to each treatment. For example, when I entered the library there was a man asking for signatures on a monetary issue for our country. In my car I was already feeling that “man, do I really have to walk past him” feeling. But yes I chose to sign, and I also chose to engage with him and ask him questions about his life, he just came from Minnesota. Later as I was leaving another man was entering who ignored the man asking for signatures and then proceeded to smile at me and open my door as I exited. I don’t think he saw the man standing in front of the library as a human being, maybe perhaps as a nuisance. But I could be wrong. He seemed to value me as a human considering his smile and willingness to open my door. Another experience I had at the library included a librarian, who was helping multiple people. I watched the way he treated each person. Each person mattered to him. He took the time to answer their questions, and followed up with each person he had encountered. In returning he made sure they were doing well and often asking them questions that brought smiles and genuine connection. But I must follow up with how people responded to each civil treatment, because that’s probably the most interesting part. When I exited the building, the man asking for signatures gave me a gigantic smile and wished me a wonderful day. When the people the librarian had served were done with what they had come to do, they turned around to the librarian, sincerely thanked him, even offered to give him money and couldn’t believe how kind he had been to them. It was really insightful to be at the library today. I think what matters most is how we view people and how we choose to engage with them, whether or not we agree with what they’re doing. 2/21/20 CIVILITY

Published by KendraRuthAgree

Finding the Golden Rule in action everywhere I go! It’s like time stops and I get to watch amazing scenes play out in front of me. Scenes that embody Kindness, Empathy, Respect, and Civility. Arizona is a Golden Rule State and I’m what you might call a Golden Rule prospector.

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