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'Ol Gordie from Perham inspires without even trying

We published a letter to the editor last week from a Perham Focus reader, which got us thinking. The letter, written by local resident Jeff Tweeton, told of his experience with a fella named Gordie Rud. In very short summary, Tweeton was working the courtesy counter at Service Food in Perham, where Gordie, a customer, found a $20 bill on the floor. Instead of pocketing it like many would, Gordie turned it into the courtesy counter in case the person who lost it came looking for it. He then instructed Tweeton that if nobody did come back for it, he should put it in the nearby Red Kettle that Rud had been helping to man.

This experience could have been nothing more than a heartwarming little gesture experienced by Tweeton, and many would have smiled and went on with life. Tweeten, though, took the time to write a letter about it and very eloquently pointed out the significance in this little gesture. He recognized in that moment that the world isn't as horrible as we're all made to believe it is. The news that is often fed to citizens on world, national, regional and local levels, so often showcases the worst of humanity and tragedy. It's the nature of the business, and horrible happenings and scandals truly are important to report on. However, it's important to remember—and Gordie Rud is a good reminder of this—that what is distributed in the news is not always a true reflection of humanity as a whole. Will it always make the news when somebody does something nice for someone else? No. But if we all make an effort to at least let those moments of kindness sink in and register so that they can balance out our perspective of the world we live in, then positivity may just beget positivity. It's not always easy because often times good things happen quietly under our noses, unlike negativity and hate, which seem to always find the microphone. But recognizing these good-hearted acts can serve as fuel for the soul and thereby naturally generate more goodness.

We, at this newspaper, will always cover the hard news that needs to be covered, but we'd like your help in also shining a light on those little feel-good stories from this community which better reflect the town we live in. Write us letters like Tweeton did; call us with story ideas when you know of them. If you hear of something from the Perham area that makes you feel good, chances are it would make others feel good as well. It doesn't take burying our collective heads in the sand and pretending there is no wrong in the world in order to also see the good around us. There's a lot to be proud of here—help us put it to print.