Common decency and kindness are not necessarily common.
Even in a small community such as Barrhead, which is noted for being friendly, one does not have to think very long to recall an example where a person was, let's say, less than courteous.
Everyone has their off days when they just say something off the cuff or react in a negative fashion.
It is human nature. That is why everyone needs to be reminded about how important it is to treat each other in a courteous, and yes, a loving manner.
On Friday, Jan. 23, in Stettler, Alta, Cory and Eva Borek reminded the world of how important it is to live in a kind and loving way by choosing a winner in their Most Loving Person in Alberta contest.
The Boreks, who won a Hawaiian trip for two, decided instead of taking the trip that they would “pay it forward” and reward a person who had clearly demonstrated that they were living their lives in a loving, compassionate manner.
Overwhelmed by the close to 20,000 entries they received, the Borek's narrowed down the selection to three people and picked the winner in a random draw.
Barrhead's own Robert Hynes, a constable with the RCMP, was one of the three finalists.
In the end, Madena Reimer from Athabasca, was officially chosen as Alberta's Most Loving person.
Thanks to the generosity of donors who came forward after the contest started, Hynes and the other finalists and the Boreks will also be heading for a much deserved vacation. An additional trip was donated to be used as a fundraiser for the RCMP.
This past week, as you will read later on in the Leader, Barrhead Elementary School students took part in the Great Kindness Challenge.
The initiative challenges young people, as individuals and groups, to do as many random acts of kindness as they can in one week.
So why did the staff and students of BES decide to take the challenge?
As regular visitors to the school, the Barrhead Leader reporters can say the students and staff at the school are as courteous and friendly as any people one is likely to meet.
Perhaps it is because they realize that being kind is its own reward and when you live your life in a kind and loving manner, it is a reward we can all share in.
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