A Lesson In Kindness From Zachary Levi, A Lesson in Class From LittleChuckFan

In Shep's Soapbox, Shep's Thoughts on August 14, 2010 at 2:34 am

As adults, its easy to look back on being a kid with fond remembrance and wishes for happier times. Nap time in kindergarten seemed like such a pain then. Now, we daydream of shutting our office doors and closing our eyes for just five minutes. Being an adult tasked with things like mortgages and 401Ks makes us long for the days of recess and summer vacation. It’s so easy to get caught up in the here and now, that we really forget the then and there. We can forget that being a kid can be a rough situation.

I was reminded of this today when I saw the following tweet from Zachary Levi, of Chuck.

LittleChuckFan is one of the most well-known Chuck fans in the Nerd Herd. As it turns out, kids at summer camp were making fun of her for proudly sporting her Nerd shirt which she’d received at Comic-Con. She tweeted about it simply because she was upset and sometimes, you use Twitter for that and it’s okay. There were no open @ replies to Zach, whining about it. There were no pleas for attention. She was using Twitter to tell her friends she had a bad day. Guess what? That’s what friends are there for. It’s okay to tell them that.

In fact, this whole thing made me realize something. That Bailey, at just 10 years old has more class than some individuals I’ve seen on Twitter. There are fans who blatantly yell at show runners when things don’t go their way. They threaten to give up watching the show if their agenda isn’t carried out. They take out the anger on actors and writers and anyone they think will listen. They yell at journalists who report the news and they yell at other fans who disagree with their points of view.

Yes, we all want what we want when we want it. But when you don’t win a million dollars on that scratch-off, do you stand there and yell at the poor man you just bought it from? No. Why is it okay to do so on Twitter? There are real people behind those screen names and they deserve respect. You’re unhappy about something? You’re entitled to it and while you can choose to express yourself any way you want think about this:

We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another – until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices.

In a soft-spoken voice, a little girl spoke today. And a very kind man heard both her words and her voice, and responded with kindness. Wouldn’t it be nice if that was always the way?

Like Zach said Bailey, keep rockin who you are in life. After all, it’s okay.

Chuck: If I can’t do this, then what will I be?
Sarah: Then you’ll be Chuck. There’s nothing wrong with that.
~Chuck Vs. The Final Exam

Sarah and Casey are right inside. One girlish scream from me and they go into combat mode

  1. Beautifully said. Just beautiful. Thank you. God Bless

  2. 🙂 A good % of ‘Chuck’ fans are also Browncoats. I had the pleasure of meeting Little Chuck fan and her Mum in San Diego this year. She’ll go far, and so will Zac.

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