When you think of someone as being extraordinary, often what comes to mind is the kid who can recite Pi to its fiftieth digit, the 15-year-old college graduate or the fifth-grader who can play eight instruments and is hoping to learn the glockenspiel for her 13th birthday.
Granted, those are some amazingly talented individuals, but I don't know that I would call them extraordinary.
The difference between being talented and being extraordinary, I think, is that extraordinary only comes with effort. Think of how many NBA stars you would call extraordinary people as opposed to those who are merely talented basketball players. Sure, they're still much more talented than me, but off the basketball court, what are they good for?
In today's edition of the Morris Sun Tribune, we have a special section that highlights four of the extraordinary people who live in our community.
Every one of them will deny being extraordinary, because they feel as though they're just doing what they can.
I disagree and I'm very happy that we had an excuse to highlight what it is they do.
As we were planning this special section, we wrote down a list of names, folks who we knew who are making a quiet yet powerful difference in their communities. We had a list of over 20 people within a very short amount of time.
The problem that we faced is that most of them don't want any attention or recognition and shy away from any and all spotlights. Trust me, it took some talking to get these folks to open up and give us a glimpse of what their 'average' day is like.
Their biggest objection was that they are not the only ones who go above and beyond the call of duty.
On that point, I concur. There are other extraordinary people in our midst who are using their talents in ways well beyond what the rest of us do every day in Morris.
The problem is, the folks at the newspaper don't know who they are or what they're doing.
Will Rogers once said, "All I know is what I read in the newspaper." The staff of the Morris Sun Tribune serves your eyes and ears and can be places where decisions are made that you need to know.
But we can't be everywhere or know everything.
We rely on you to help us with that.
Let us know what extraordinary things are going on in our town.
We are your community newspaper. We want to know what's happening here and share it with the rest of the world.
And don't get me wrong, if you're a fifth-grader learning to play the glockenspiel, we'd like to know. In fact, I would have a lot of questions for that child.
Let us know what story you'd like to read. You can call us at 320-589-2525, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the office at 607 Pacific Avenue.