Duck of Justice

The Duck of Justice for 8/10/17: How ‘ordinary is much more extraordinary’

From The Bangor Police Department

Most of you know, if you read our Facebook  page with any regularity, that I read every posted comment. No matter how many and no matter how long it takes me, I read them all.

In my mind, if you are going to take the time to read a police department page from Bangor, Maine, the least I can do is be thankful that you took time out of your day and read what you have to say about it.

When I have a few minutes, I sign in on my phone and read through one hundred or so, sometimes more.

When there are over five or six hundred, I might take a day or so to get to all of them. I make sure that I like a few so that you know I have been there. The truth is that I like all the comments, I just can’t hit “LIKE” every time as it would appear that I am not being sincere.

Last night when looking through the thousand or so comments on our weekend post, I found this one. It is from a page follower whose name is Charlotte Bogue. She said something simple but so profound that I read it again.

“It’s nice to read about ordinary people, which most of us are.”

I think Charlotte nailed it. In twelve words, she pinpointed why this page has almost 220,000 followers. I started to think about why people have followers on Twitter or on their website. Many people are looking for relevance, to be notable, or to be liked. We can do that by just being ordinary.

Ordinary people appreciate other people who are ordinary. We just don’t always have an opportunity to see other people because we are all busy just getting by.

That is why each week I make sure one of our posts asks you what your are up to, where you are and what your plans are for that weekend. It’s my favorite post of the week. I get to read about you.

“…Ordinary people, which most of us are.”

Not wanting to be a “somebody” or trying to become relevant is probably the easiest road to travel through life. It seems like it adds a lot of pressure to try to be a “somebody.”

Once labeled as a somebody, you have to continue to be a somebody in order to feel relevant. I don’t have a need to feel relevant. I do relish being needed from time to time, but relevance is in the eye of the beholder. That is not for me to decide.

I have a lot of theories about life, with new theories replacing the old theories every single day. Charlotte Bogue has helped me realize how being ordinary is much more extraordinary than previously believed.

We are surrounded by ordinary people doing wonderful things, sometimes extraordinary things. Extraordinary is just ordinary plus a couple of notches. Doing the extra things, whatever they are, is all that is needed to become extraordinary. Why do we think that extraordinary is such a high bar to reach?

It doesn’t take a fashion or fragrance line, it doesn’t take money or a beautiful automobile- all it takes is getting up every day and being the best person we can be.

Whether your spot on this planet includes holding a mop or a microphone, a spreadsheet or a bed sheet, an attaché case or a toolbox, do ordinary things- then do a little extra.

Suddenly, people discuss it among themselves. They make remarks of how you did something extra. You become remarkable at the same time you became extraordinary.

I come from a long line of ordinary people, none notable, all remarkable. I hope to carry on the tradition.

Thanks for reading our page. I love ordinary people.

Keep your hands to yourself, leave other people’s things alone, and be kind to one another.

We will be here.


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