Minnesotans have the gift of niceness. I’m not saying we’re all nice, all the time. But when push comes to shove, a Minnesotan will smile and say, “have a nice day,” before he shoves you back.
This attitude does not reflect those who have recently moved into this great state, coming from angrier more aggressive areas of the country. Like say… Florida. I’m talking about those born and raised here, or at least to have lived most of their adult lives in the land of hot dish, cheese curds, and Sven and Ole jokes.
Niceness is not our Achilles heel as some might think. In fact, I believe that our niceness is often our strength. Even the Bible says, “a gentle answer turns away wrath.”
Being nice doesn’t have to stop at the Minnesota border. I’m willing to bet there are people in Kansas, Ohio, Delaware, or even Florida who are heart sick at the anger and strife across this country.
For the past weeks all we’ve heard from the media has been meant to stir up wrath, make us hate one another, and provoke us toward anything but nice. They’re looking for another lead to bleed so they can justify their own deplorable methods of news reporting, and say, “I told you so.”
Let’s give them nothing – nothing but NICE.
Have a nice day!