Charles Thomas: Doing right makes you memorable

April 23, 2013

These past 10 days, Iíve experienced a wide range of emotions reflecting the wide range between human decency and humanity and the indifference to the sanctity of life.

I recently received an email from John F. Kennedyís sister, a friend I was close to in my preteen years whom I wrote about a few weeks back. Her words gave me energy and took me back to an innocent time in my life as she spoke about walking on Spring Street to Lowell Elementary.

Thoughts of that school made my mind drift back to all those teachers, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Heinrich, Mrs. Scheuerman, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Liddy, Mrs. Weadock, and Mrs. Jefferson. I thought about how easy it is to remember them because they made a difference in my life and despite not knowing at the time, they taught me that the mind is capable of anything because everything in the past is there as well as all things in the future.

Iíve experienced, over the past 10 days, a speaker at West Middle School encouraging students to be at their best, to be receptive to learning and ideas that will take them far.Iíve experienced another speak about how he was driven and motivated enough to make one quarter of a million dollars from the trunk of his car. Iíve seen the senseless death of a pregnant mother and child.

But perhaps the most disturbing event, over that time frame, took place in Boston this past week where that reckless indifference toward life, weaved itís ugly head and once again the world is shown that there is no limitations to the evil and ugliness that seems to headline our newspapers daily.

Like 12 years ago, that day will be etched in our memory and we are left to wonder why? As a former juvenile probation officer, I am glad to see those that step up and try to build constructive foundations for young people to build their lives on which will hopefully lead to a profound respect for life and humanity. It has been said that, ďthe work will wait while you show the child the rainbow; but the rainbow wonít wait while you do the work."

It should be clear to all of us that remembrance is based on how positively someone or some event played a role in our lives or how negatively someone or some event played in our lives.

The teachers Iíve mentioned are all easily remembered just as Sept. 11, 2001. Those teachers were my pillars of construction as opposed to all the destruction that occurred that horrible day in 2001. I remember both very well.

For most people, we just seem to float somewhere between those two places, never doing anything horribly wrong, never doing anything extraordinarily right and because of that choice, we may be forgotten in time.

I remember those teachers because they lifted me up. They didnít necessarily give me wings, they let me know that I had them and that it was up to me to use them or lose them and that is the choice each of us is left with today. It was their energy that gave me my energy.

I recall in days before I would be on the air for my radio show and feeling like I just didnít want to do that every Sunday evening that I had something better to do on those Sunday evenings and suddenly someone would say to you, ďI wait all week for your show.Ē That was my energy source and we all can be an energy source if we allow ourselves to be and in doing so, we can choose to be remembered or we can choose to be forgotten like yesterdayís newspaper.

Doing what is right is sometimes not easy and may even cause you to stand alone but, you will be remembered and you may be just the right stimulant, just the right energy source for someone else who chooses to be remembered as well.