Dignity & Respect – Where Did They Go?

Yesterday during my subway ride in to work, I sat near the doors, and the train was very crowded.  At about our third stop on my way to my destination, a middle-aged, medium build caucasian man with black-rimmed glasses boarded the train, took one look at a Dell advertisement, pulled out a pen and began writing all over the poster.  Approximately three people spoke up and told him to stop.  He ignored them.  I got up and attempted to take his photo with my cell phone in order to turn it in to Metro, but after taking his photo, I got the message that my “Memory was Full.”  No one else knew that the photo had not worked, but what I did get were remarks such as, “You shouldn’t take his picture.”  “That’s not nice!” “That’s not right!”

Citizens of America, I am a life coach — I live in a great nation, America, where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is for everyone — but in order to pursue happiness, we must work together.  We must not let people like this man, who wrote “Welcome to the Tea Party” all over the poster, get away with defacing public property.

We live at a very fragile economic time in our history, where the subway system is having trouble continuing to run.  Dell’s computer advertisement helps them provide mass transportation for the citizens of our city’s capital, and what this man did was a crime —

Why would my trying to turn him in, I ask, be a problem?  Ladies and gentlemen of America, stand proud and tall once more, as we have throughout history.  Dig down deep and stop being afraid to do the right thing.  The people on this train voiced their opinion that my doing the right thing was wrong — I ask you now, as our forefatherds did before us, to find the dignity that the citizenry of our nation had 200 years ago and come together to work towards being the Democracy our soldiers are fighting and dying for daily, just as they have for hundreds of years.  You don’t need to be a soldier to do the right thing, just do it . . . don’t be afraid.

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About Gelbart-Jaffe Coaching

Hospice Chaplain and Life Coach Associate Clinical Chaplaincy Certification February 2015. Proficient Life Coach Certification December 2010.
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