Why do I and perhaps you allow cynicism to accumulate until we distrust too many people for too many of the wrong reasons? I blame it on the media, which dispenses doom and gloom on a daily basis by focusing on the bad instead of the good in people. Still, I have noticed that one of our local television stations is dedicating scheduled time to report about the good things people do. The station came to this decision after interviewing Denver citizens. The consensus of wanting to hear optimistic stories, especially about children and young adults, came through loud and clear. I hope that other media outlets will follow their example.
One such story, although not local, about a man who ordered his wife a $2,000 diamond tennis bracelet for Christmas gave me a much-needed shot of confidence in our human condition. As reported in most major newspapers, when Dale Dickerson of Olive Branch, Mississippi, opened the shipment, there were twenty-four $2,000 diamond bracelets in the box!
Dickerson reportedly said, “I just stood there and just stared at it for several seconds ’cause I didn’t know what to do … I mean I just literally stared at it, just dumbfounded … I was a nervous wreck.”Here’s the good part. He sent an email to the company, they sent him are turn-shipping label, He sent twenty-three bracelets back, and his (actually his wife) reward? A pair of diamond earrings as a thank-you gift.
Speculation about Mr. Dickerson’s honesty abounds. Was he afraid he’d be arrested after the police discovered his theft? Did he think about what he would do with $46,000 of diamond bracelets? Was he conforming to God’s moral character? We have no idea. Certainly, keeping the additional bracelets would have been an irrational foolish choice. I would like to think he is an honest man who made a choice to do the right thing.
What do you think?
 Kristine Solomon, Yahoo Lifestyle, https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/man-dumbfounded-receive-48-diamond-bracelets-mail-mistake-160109816.html