Saturday, May 29, 2010
While travelling through North Dakota, I came across three thought-provoking billboards. The first said, "Be Grateful". The second said, "Be Kind" and the third said, "Be Polite". I am very curious to find out who pays for these billboards. These signs were in and around the Fargo area.
I did a bit of research, and all I could find was a reference in Wikipedia, in the category, Billboard. It states: "Non-commercial advertisement is used around the world by governments and non-profit organisations to obtain donations, volunteer support or change consumer behavior". There is a picture of a billboard, that says "Smile". I read on someone else's blog that there is a sign that says "Smile". I guess I missed that one.
This got me thinking about how this kind of "advising" is so positive and uplifting. I am wondering what other people make of these billboards. For those of us who appreciate the reminders to stay focussed on the positive, or the bright side of life, this is a great tool to help make the community a better place. On the other hand, it's very odd to see these signs amongst all kinds of advertising for hotels, restaurants and local attractions. They seem quite out of place, therefore, they stand out. They are hard to miss.
Someone had a good idea and thought it might plant some seeds of happiness and kindness to the travellers who happen upon these signs. Funny how in this day and age, we need someone telling us what to do, and how to act, in the ethical and moral sense. I appreciate the signs, and it does make me stop to think about what I am grateful for, and how I can be kind and polite.
When you are travelling, take note of the signs that stand out, and hopefully they are good ones!
Have a grateful, polite and kind day!