If you look for the good in folks, I reckon you'll find it. Likewise, if it's your nature to expect bad, bad is what you are going to get.
So yeah, suppose you get what you look for
I remember it well, those days of yesteryear, before television, cell phones, and the internet. Yeah, even before electricity when we lit our home with kerosene lamps. Those were the days when folks could be trusted... when nobody locked their doors. Yeah, it was a more innocent time.
I remember the gypsy caravans with their garish, brightly painted, horse-drawn wagons. And speaking about horses, boy, they knew how to care for their stock! You never saw a gypsy lady without her long colorful dress, and the men always wore dress hats, suit coats, and neckties not just on Sunday, but in the middle of the week!
I was visiting with a friend one day and overheard his folks talking about how the gypsies would steal everything that wasn’t tied down or locked up... but we never had anything stolen by them.
Some of the parents even used the gypsies as a form of scary boogeymen to frighten their kids into being good. The threat, “If you are naughty we will sell you to the gypsies!” This threat was supposed to terrify kids, but I always figured that if they had the terrible misfortune to buy me, after a couple of days of putting up with my shenanigans those poor gypsy folks would return me and beg my folks to take me back, and likely pay them to do so!
Sort of like the story, The Ransom of Red Chief, by O Henry.
I will never forget the dark gypsy couple that came to our home to buy half a dozen chickens. Nice quiet folks, they were too. Word gets around, and it wasn’t long before we had other gypsy families showing up to buy chickens, milk, and eggs. I knew daddy had no prejudices so I wasn’t surprised when I heard him say to a friend that he would rather sell to a gypsy any day because he had never had them try to cheat him.
It has been my experience, and I believe it wholeheartedly, we will invariably find good in most folks if we are willing to look for it, and I sincerely believe this is what really pleases Papa God, don’t you?
And make a difference, today.
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