Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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August 9, 2013

One person can make a difference

ST. LEON – “In life, it’s not what we could do or what we might do, it’s what we do,” Ted Wiese, Wiese Training and Development, told East Central High School sophomores, juniors and seniors on Aug. 7, their first day of school.

“I work for myself and travel all over the country .... On a trip to Chicago, my wife wanted to go with me,” the Carmel resident noted. “We were cruising along when we come to a tollbooth. I get into the lane which appears to be the shortest. There’s three or four cars in front of me. Then I see the sign that says, ‘Exact change only – 85 cents.’

“I see that sign, but I don’t have 85 cents. I have my wallet, but there’s nobody there to give me change. I look at my wife, and she says, ‘I don’t have 85 cents.’ I thought everybody had 85 cents hidden in their car somewhere, so I started looking between the seats, but my wife said, “Yesterday I vacuumed out the car.’

“Now there were two cars in front of me, and when you get up to the booth you are supposed to throw money in the basket and then the gate would go up. I moved up slowly, but when I got there, I was totally stuck. I hear horns honking.

“Then I see the door of the car behind me open and someone in a cutoff T-shirt and tattoos gets out. It was the meanest, nastiest-looking woman you’ve ever seen. She walked up to my car and without even looking at me, reached into her pocket and threw 85 cents in the basket.

“That lady chose to be part of the solution instead of the problem. She was willing to take action. She decided to do something,” he pointed out. “Today, as you discover your leadership, are you going to be part of the solution or part of the problem? When you’re in the classroom, on the field or in the hallway, ask yourself this question.”

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