What People Think
By Jerry Cegelske
February 13, 2007
I just finished reading Gretchen Klein's letter to Sitnews dated
February 11, 2007 where she stated "However, we can't be
afraid because someone might think we are out there picking up
garbage because the court told us to."
I thought that being concerned about what others think about
us should have fallen by the wayside about the time we graduated
from high school. You can't control what people think, so why
would you let what you think they think, control your everyday
actions? Let's see, I can't go into town as someone might think
I was going in to get crack cocaine. I can't stop by the Salvation
Army to look for bargains because people might think I don't
have the money to buy new stuff. I can't model in the Wearable
arts show as people may think my outfit is as crazy as I am (although
there were some funny outfits). The list for not doing something
is as great as your imagination.
Three great kids from
Zack Stewart, Stephanie Karling, and Matt Meredith
Why let YOUR thought of what
someone may think control you? Ever consider they may be weirder
than you are?
For the most part, what people think of you doesn't matter, your
actions DO! This is what you shall be known by.
I think President Theodore Roosevelt said it best on April 23,
1910 in his Citizenship in a Republic Speech at the Sorbonne,
Paris, France, when he said;
It is not the critic who counts;
not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where
the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs
to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred
by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs,
who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without
error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the
deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who
spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the
end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if
he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place
shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know
victory nor defeat.
I was out on Saturday working
with three great kids from Youth Court who worked for peanuts,
(actually snickers miniature candy bars I had for added energy
as they burned up a lot), and I hope they had a good time. They
worked hard and cleaned up messes that the slobs over the years
have created. I was able to find out what their plans for the
future were and learn about their aspirations. I know what they
can do when they have the opportunity and direction. If I ran
a business and wanted someone to work for me this summer, it
would be a good chance to see them work in another situation.
You also get to appreciate someone else's sense of humor. While
carrying truck parts to the collection area, Zack Stewart said
"Someone sure hated his truck!" As you can see, the
truck was in many pieces and scattered at two different locations
( a frame section is in the back on photo 2).
Vehicle parts and plastic
pipe dumped at the end of the road.
(the spring sets weighed about 75 pounds each.)
When we came back into town I was amazed by how much trash was
collected by the group in Gretchen's photo. They also did a great
I know at least one professional person in town that is very
active in picking up trash in the community and I am sure he
doesn't waste his time worrying about what anyone thinks of him
while he is picking up the litter scattered along S. Tongass.
To many people who have helped with clean ups, what may have
started as a chore, turns into a reward for their service to
the community and they are better for it.
If you know of anyone that thinks any less of someone picking
up trash in this community, ask them what they did that day to
make this a better community.
I agree with President Roosevelt, I would rather be in the company
of those that dared and have tried and experienced failure than
be with those timid souls that fear doing anything.
KGB Code Enforcement Officer
Received February 12, 2007 - Published February 13, 2006
About: "Jerry Cegelske
has had the pleasure and received the rewards of being associated
with the great people that are working to make Ketchikan a cleaner
place to live."
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