Good­will goes very long way

Gatton Star - - NEWS | OPINION - Me­gan Shee­han Me­gan.shee­han@gat­ton­

A LIT­TLE bit of kind­ness can go a long way in a small com­mu­nity.

There’s a lot go­ing on in the world and look­ing out from our lit­tle patch here in the Lock­yer Val­ley, there’s no short­age of trou­bling events fur­ther afield.

And some­times much closer to home than we’d like.

It’s not all bad news though.

You don’t need to look fur­ther than th­ese pages to see the good­will that ex­ists in the com­mu­nity.

For in­stance, only re­cently a let­ter writer had a prob­lem with trans­port that other read­ers of this page kindly helped to solve.

Also on this page last month was the story of a stranger help­ing out another with their gro­cery bill for no other rea­son than to be nice. And that’s just the let­ter writ­ers.

Small acts of kind­ness help weave the fab­ric of com­mu­nity.

Sure, it’s not bring­ing world peace or solv­ing all of so­ci­ety’s ills, but th­ese sorts of small acts of kind­ness help weave the fab­ric of com­mu­nity that can bring a sense of com­fort in tough times and re­store a lit­tle faith in hu­man­ity.

Un­for­tu­nately, there’s not al­ways a way to stop bad things from hap­pen­ing, but be­ing kind to your neigh­bour goes a long way to cre­at­ing the un­der­ly­ing at­mos­phere of a place.

Res­i­dents have proven they can rely on each other for sup­port when the big things hap­pen, but it’s nice to know that peo­ple are there in lit­tle ways as well.

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