Inspiration is everywhere | Editor's Notebook

You can find inspiration wherever you go. Prick up your ears, open your eyes — it’s there.

Whether it’s visiting with a friend, meeting someone new at a party or reading a story here in the Reporter, life lessons abound and hopefully we can all grasp a few of those as we go about our days.

Here are some uplifting examples from reporter Samantha Pak’s recent story archive:

• In October, Norman Rockwell Elementary School students participated in the 2013 Unite Against Bullying campaign with a Unity Day assembly.

“Bullying should really end. There’s really no reason to do it,” said fifth-grader Cruz Fernandez. Principal Kirsten McArdle told of a classmate who protected her from bullying when she was in grade school.

I agree with Fernandez: There’s no room for bullying, whether it’s in grade school or in the adult world. People are who they are and we must respect them — even if we don’t always agree with them.

• Kirkland resident Paula Christiansen is to be commended for helping the homeless people who gather at the downtown Redmond Regional Library.

“If I see someone who seems approachable, I carry St. Vincent de Paul packets (which include McDonald’s tickets and thrift store coupons),” she said. “We don’t have to be afraid of every single person who’s in trouble.”

Pak and I visited the library together one morning to speak with one homeless man and Christensen. It was a tough story to report on, and we did see hope in their eyes and words that things would turn in a positive direction.

• Redmond Ridge residents banded together, attended and spoke at a recent King County Council meeting regarding a marijuana ordinance zoning issue. Thanks to their persistence, Ridge residents had a hand in the council removing their area from the processing and growing policy.

“I truly believe that the residents of Redmond Ridge made a huge difference in the outcome of this legislation,” said council member Kathy Lambert, who represents Redmond Ridge.

“With the passing of the amended ordinance, our neighborhood feels the council was responsive to unincorporated area residents that they govern,” said Jen Boon, president of the Redmond Ridge Residential Owners Association.

It’s not only strength in numbers here — everyone involved studied the situation and brought invaluable comments to the table.

• In last week’s issue, a local medic stressed the importance of the Chain of Survival, which can feature both residents and medics/firefighters performing CPR on those in need and helping a person stay alive.

One example was two men coming to the aid of Karen McClure, who went into cardiac arrest two and a half years ago. Following the directions of a 911 dispatcher, one man performed CPR while the other man directed first responders to their location along the Power Line Trail in Redmond.

This was a great team effort — from dispatcher to the two men to the first responders. It was a true Chain of Survival with strong links throughout — people who went the distance to help someone in need.



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