This I Believe

Josh - beaverton, Oregon
Entered on September 20, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: golden rule

This I believe

One of my most basic core beliefs in the world is you should treat everyone the way you would want to be treated. During junior year I was a counselor at outdoor school and that’s where I realized peoples feelings really changed by the words you said to them. I noticed the sixth graders that always wanted to leave at night were the ones not getting enough attention. To change the way the kids feel, we would give them more attention and just treat them like we would want to be treated when we were younger. We would act like their parents as much as possible to make them feel as compfortable as possible. For instance we would read them stories before bed. It’s amazing how much different kids act the rest of the day when they feel safe and secure.

Its not just the sixth-graders that feel scared or uncompfortable around other people, it can be anyone that is a human being. This world would be a much easier place to live in if people treated each other with respect and kindness. At school is where you see a lot of the disrespect and unkindness to other students. I can really tell that when people or myself get somthing mean said to them in the beginning of the day, it really makes the rest of the day kind of a drag. Its better to say positive things because it not only makes you feel a lot better inside but also makes the individual feel good too. Being known as someone that always has nice things to say, makes people want to be around you a lot more, as opposed to being someone that always puts people down. For instance if a freshman is having trouble opening his or her locker and they need help, the kind thing would be to give them assistance instead of telling them how stupid they are. No one wants to hang out with someone that is always putting other people down. I like to live by these words, “If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say it at all”. Those are really wise words and people really respect people that follow that motto.