Gratitude for Do-Gooders

Jason BoyettComment

The last few months have seen a lot of chaos and dissension in Amarillo, related to the MPEV vote and the drama surrounding our City Council.

The last week has seen a lot of chaos and dissension in Texas and the U.S., related to the attacks in Paris and the Republican push-back against Syrian refugees.

It's maddening and saddening and all the voices are entirely too negative. Which is why I'm glad I've been interviewing local volunteers for the December issue of Amarillo Magazine. These are regular people who give hours of their time to help other people.

They say things like:

  • “I think we’re here to serve. It doesn’t matter what your religious background is. We’re here to help other people and I think that’s what life is about.”
  • "I want to try to make a difference in the world. I just really love to help people."
  • "Every person, to me, is important. I think they are precious."
  • "I know I’m supposed to do this. If I don’t, shame on me.”

Yesterday, in the middle of a rollicking Facebook conversation about refugees, someone told me I was too idealistic. I couldn't refute it. My excuse is that I've been talking to good, caring, compassionate Amarillo people all week. And if given the choice, I'd rather be an idealist than a pessimist any day.

The December issue comes out the weekend after Thanksgiving. It's a good one.