Emerson Drive sings a song called ‘The Extra Mile’. Here is an excerpt from the lyrics.
I’m that smile you give a stranger
When you’d rather turn your head
I’m that book you read your children
When you’d rather be in bed
I’m forgiveness that you give
When you don’t think you can
Forgive somebody one more time
I love this song. Every time I hear it I try to think of all the people I’ve witnessed that have gone the extra mile. Like all the people who gave this past week in Newfoundland for the people who were devastated by Hurricane Igor. Over 1 million dollars was raised from a province in Canada with only 550,000 people. Wow, a great show of humanity.
I try to forget the young man I saw parking in handicapped parking on his way to the liquor store on the same day so many people were doing kind things for others. Or the young girl finishing a drink and tossing the can in the street. On a day when Newfoundland made National news for its kindness, I just want to say to you folks, you are an embarrassment in our province. For those of you who park in Fire Lanes, Handicapped parking, or if you litter, drive a vehicle while texting or talking on a cell, you are showing a tremendous amount of dis-respect for the people around you. Let’s all of try to go that Extra Mile, and it doesn’t have to be a monetary donation to help those less fortunate. Let’s start by respecting others and the environment we live in.