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Letter: Time to be kind

Human interaction in stressful situations requires more self-control. It is not an excuse for less.

Anyone can be pleasant when everything is going right. That’s easy. Your true character shows when things are difficult, but you still make the effort to be civil and kind.

People who are evacuated from their homes are under a lot of pressure. They are traveling but not on a planned vacation. They may be afraid for their homes and families. They are spending money unexpectedly.

People who are working in areas where the evacuees fled to may also be worried about homes and families. Sometimes they have to take wide detours to get to work or stay at work and eat out, so there is a financial issue for them, too.

In other words, people are people, and every single one is dealing with life, so make that effort to think of the other person’s feelings and needs. Kindness has a way of coming back as a blessing. Be safe.

— Rebecca Ampuero

Salisbury

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