I confess. It’s true. I called in to Sedline with a comment. Following the six-part series, “Lily’s Story,” I couldn’t help but share my excitement with the Sedline community. A first-time caller, not knowing what to expect, I sounded like a first grader just learning to read and giddy with excitement for being a part of Lily’s story.
“I wanted to say how much I liked Lily’s story in the paper. Maybe the newspaper can do more on-going stories, either fiction or non-fiction.”
And that was my first venture into the world of Sedline. Sounding like an elementary student. Sharing my love of stories.
My own experience in conjunction with the thrill of leaving an anonymous message on the phone lines of the Sedalia Democrat started me thinking. What would Sedline say if only it could talk back? Would Sedline be so patient with the daily calls and messages? And so I imagined what Sedline might share as a letter to the editor.
Dear Sedalia Community,
I hear you. Already. Loud and clear. You care about this city. You obviously care about this paper and are very observant when your favorite features are left out. You care about the government and have strong opinions on how this country should be run. You care about traffic safety and community centers and clean air.
Some of you observe great acts of kindness, and some of you believe this world can be a better place.
I wonder what would happen if all of you were in a room together at the same time. If you could share with one another your hopes and dreams and frustrations? Or would you be unable to speak openly and in public?
I get calls all day long. Every day. I hear voices of joy and voices of frustration. But I do have some things I’d like to share with you, people of Sedalia.
The next time you want to pick up the phone to call Sedline, here are my words of advice.
If someone did something nice for you, say thank you and return the favor. Do your own random act of kindness.
If you see a need in the community and want to make Sedalia the best place to live and raise a family, go and talk to your neighbors. Meet your city council representative. Get involved at a church and get out in the community making a difference for some good.
If you feel the need to make fun or call someone names, go and meet them in person. Go out for coffee. Ask about their life and learn from where they came. Shake their hand.
If you have a suggestion for the paper, come down and spend the day shadowing one of the reporters who also happen to be the photographers and editors. Walk in their shoes for a day making deadlines and conversing with a publisher states away. See their heart and care and compassion for this city and for these people. Shake their hand and thank them for their work.
And after you’ve exhausted all these suggestions when feeling the need to call Sedline and you still have the desire to leave a message. Call Sedline and leave your message. I’ll be here.