This I Believe

Phillip - Charlotte, North Carolina
Entered on September 7, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: golden rule

This I believe…

“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This quote is the main thing I try to live my life by. All things good and evil can relate back to “treat others, as you want to be treated.” I also have strong beliefs in the ties of family. Simple kindnesses are important too.

I believe that when you come upon an opportunity to help someone I should take it; even if it means more work for me. When you help someone, even in a small way, they will remember it. In the future there will come a time when you will also need help. Would you not want someone to be there to help you?

Another one of my most important values would be that of family. During my eighth grade school year, I lost my grandmother, one of my neighbors, and one of my friends. I regret that I didn’t spend more time with them, especially my grandmother. The day before she passed, having been there for the entire day I became impatient to leave so my mother didn’t stay quite as long as she would have liked. The next day, on our way to her apartment we saw that an ambulance had pulled up outside. When I found out that she had passed away, I felt terrible that I wanted to leave so badly. After that experience, I have tried to be more helpful and kind to my friends and relatives because tomorrow they might not be here.

All in all, I believe that I should try to do as much good as possible and to treat others, as I want to be treated. I know that I may need help one day. I just hope that one day there will be someone there to help me.