There’s someone else on this planet besides you – Smithers Interior News


From time to time, things accumulate in my little world and it is necessary to let off steam a little.

This happened last week when I noticed several plastic bottles littered along the shoreline of our new property near Hudson Bay Mountain Road. It looks like someone I now call Mr. Pepsi is using my dirt as a personal dump.

And not just at my house, the neighbor down the road says Mr. Pepsi also provided cans and bottles for her and her neighbors to pick up.

So I contact Mr. Pepsi for his number or address so I can bring the $16.10 I received from his plastic bottles after picking them all up and returning them to our local recycling depot.

Maybe we could talk about not being so self-centered and wanting to use our nature as his personal dump.

Somehow mom’s practice was missed or maybe mom cleaned your room a little too much for you. I don’t know what your problems are, but remember it’s never too late to improve yourself and help your neighbors and our environment.

Well, I’m just starting to warm up.

There you go, we have a service available through the town of Smithers that you may or may not be familiar with. There is a compost dump in the work yard which appears to be heavily used.

The one and only requirement that has been requested by our colleagues is “Absolutely no branches”. There is a sign proclaiming this and a second sign indicating what can be discarded and where to take your branches.

So why is it that lately when I bring my compost to the yard, there seems to be a collection of branches dumped in the pen? Can you not read or is it just that you don’t care and you will do what you want to do.

Remember that this world is not all for you. We are in the same boat and if you continue to throw branches, of course our privilege will be revoked and we will have to take our compost to the regional dump.

I know it’s not a global problem, but I think we can sort of look at the bigger picture. If you think about your actions and how they can affect others, you might become a more considerate person.

I just want to give a personal example to fit this occasion. I worked for the Huckleberry mines a few years ago. When I started, camp allowed drinking after work and most people were reasonable and kept parties under control and the lights were turned off at 10 p.m.

It went fairly amicably and wasn’t a problem. The problem was on the way home from our last shift as people were drinking a beer then throwing the can along the road.

The company has called for the practice of drunk driving and throwing cans on the company road to end.

Unfortunately, those who seemed to be missing a few brain cells couldn’t bring themselves to think of anyone other than themselves. So naturally the company decided to invoke a no-drinking policy and those who enjoyed a glass of wine at dinner or a beer in their room after work were lumped into the dry camp program.

The old adage “you can’t fix the stupid” may come to mind.

What I’m trying to say, though, is that if we care a little more about others instead of just thinking about ourselves, we can make this world a better place.

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