This past weekend I was entertained by a collaboration of people working together in harmony, with no gossip, no frustration and with smiles on their faces that felt genuine. I watched the orchestra of activities that eventually led to my wonderful steak and egg breakfast. Yes, I was at a Waffle House.

When we left the restaurant the first thing I did was to contact their corporate office and tell them how wonderful the service and food was. They were grateful for the information.

We, as a society, do not do this enough. It is so easy on social media to blast someone or something, without really understanding what is being discussed. We have forgotten that a please and thank you and “good job” is what we desperately need more of.

I don’t care if it is a restaurant staff, a shoe store, your mail delivery person, a school bus driver or a nurse’s aide, everyone wants to hear “good job and thank you”. Why don’t you give it a try? This week, at least once a day, commend someone for a job well done. Don’t lie, make it genuine. Even if it is someone you don’t like (emotions can be a terrible block wall when acknowledging a good job done by someone). The words please, thank you and good job may change the entire dynamic of someone’s day. Try it.

A few media headlines and some Governor’s office announcements regarding the second amendment support rally in Virginia were designed to turn a civil protest into something dirty and to be feared. The Governor stated that the protesters were coming to intimidate and cause harm. Really? Law abiding, hard-working Americans who are tired of having their rights trampled are the bad guys? I don’t think so.

How about instead of calling them protesters we call them law abiding patriots. Has a nice ring, don’t you think.

If Governor Northam feels his actions are right, why fear opposition? For those of you who may not support the people who were standing at the Virginia capital building in protest, just understand this — if one amendment to the constitution fails, so will the others. Like to complain? You may no longer have the right. Now how does that feel? Could you image being imprisoned for voicing your opinion? Our founding fathers could and that is why great care was taken to protect the people of the United States of America from an over reaching government by writing the Constitution.

One of the most creative responses to the State of Virginia’s governor turning on his own people is the offer by the State of West Virginia. The offer? Don’t like it in Virginia, maybe you can move on over and give us a try. Could you image how a move like that would reconfigure our map? 100 out of 102 counties in Virginia becoming part of West Virginia. It’s an awesome idea! Sorry Virginia, now you can support your nonsense with the tax dollars of two counties and now West Virginia has ocean front property! Woohoo. (Don’t think it’s possible? How do you think West Virginia became its own state?)

Of course I think North Carolina should make the same offer.

Remember knowledge is power and on this brisk Monday I would like to give a shout out to Onslow County Sheriff Hans Miller for not only being a supporter of the second amendment, but also a supporter of people’s rights. It is not common to have a person in such a powerful position who is so easy to speak with and who is ready to listen. Good job and thank you.

Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.