I have this very good friend (Baxter) of nearly fifty years who has been a school bus driver in Alabama for the past fourteen years. Not an easy task. No, not an easy task in this day and age.
Each school day for the past fourteen years he has driven this bus with forty students. At least twice a day he picks-up and returns these young people.
On this one particular day there was this young man who had a electronic devices that he continued to play with the loudest volume he could find. My friend ask him if he would please turn the volume
down as he would play the device going and coming. The young man first chose to ignore the driver’s numerous request to do such. Finally after repeated times asking the young man to please turn down the volume, he did. But then continued to pout and be of an annoyance to the driver and others who sat around him. Without question he continued to be a problem and defiant to the drivers wishes. Students who are searching for significance often choose to seek there identify in ways that can be difficult for others. Such with this young man.
On Friday afternoon of that week as the driver stopped to let the young man get off the bus the driver called the young man by name and said ,”_____ here is a dollar, buy yourself a coke at tonight’s
football game.” The young man looked at the drive responding , “what, what’s this for?” The driver again said, “here…have a good week-end and buy yourself a coke at the game tonight.”
Since that time the young man has not been an issue for my bus driving friend. You know just maybe sometimes the best way to first face adversity is try a bit of kindness. I don’t guarantee it will always
be successful but maybe just maybe it is a good way to first try and see what happens in return.
I think my friend decided that his first approach to this young man’s anger and hostilely would be try a bit of kindness. My friend used one of the Biblical philosophies there is:
with all men.”