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Positive attitudes important

Published 12:00am Sunday, October 27, 2013

Some people view the world with a glass-half-empty perspective. Those people could learn a thing or two from Michael Hampton.

Homeless for more than two months, Hampton was a recognizable face about town. His tent became a commonplace sight for drivers headed out of Ironton into Coal Grove.

Many of us have camped in a tent, but fortunately, have never had to call one our home.

That set of circumstances could have broken many people and turned them to crime or drugs to survive.

But Hampton was patient. He wasn’t too prideful to accept a helping hand. Now, the man has come through on the other side and is helping those who are less fortunate.

Thanks to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Hampton has an apartment and a job.

Once relying on the kindness of strangers for his meals, he now volunteers at the Harvest for the Hungry food pantry downtown. He also said he prays for others.

Hampton has hit on something we all should remember when push comes to shove.

Difficult situations befall all of us from time to time, but keeping an optimistic attitude can make all the difference. It did for Hampton.


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