This I Believe

Jenna - Knoxville, Tennessee
Entered on May 2, 2006
Age Group: 18 - 30
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What Goes Around, Comes Around

I believe in treating others in the way that you want to be treated, because in life, what goes around comes around, also known as karma.

Me, I am just an ordinary college student, working retail to make ends meet. Like everyone else’s life, I am constantly trying to make the right decisions between right and wrong. People are given an opportunity in every decision to make bad choices. This could be: lying, cheating, stealing, treating others disrespectfully, and so on. It is always tempting for an easy way out, but you must think about the consequences to follow.

While working at Belk, as a normal retail sales associate, a lot of chances for good buys on merchandise arise. One day, while on my 15 minute break, I decided to go check out the handbag department. I discovered a brand new Coach purse that was supposed to be a few hundred dollars. I had a fellow employee check the price of the purse that I was interested in. The purse itself rang for only $1.99. Knowing that the price was completely incorrect, I purchased the purse anyway. After that, things started going sour. The next day, my car wouldn’t start, I was late to work, I broke a nail, and top it all off, my boyfriend wanted to break up. I didn’t understand why all of this bad stuff was happening to me. Then I finally realized, I was definitely making up for the huge few hundred dollar mistake.

Another time, I was at the local park, rushing home to make it in time for dinner. While reversing, I all of the sudden heard a loud crash. I had hit the car that was parked right behind me. I got out, noticed nothing was wrong with my vehicle, but the other car had a huge dent. I also noticed, that no one was around. Here, I had to make a major decision between right and wrong. I, chose to leave the dented car behind. Once again, the next day, dreadful things began to happen. I missed my yoga class, reached every red light possible, spilt coffee on my favorite white skirt, and managed to step in the only puddle in the entire parking lot. So you see, something just as simple as leaving a note on the car that I hit, could of saved me from having such a disastrous day.

I believe in making the right decisions. No matter how tempting that other road called “bad choice” can be, always believe that what goes around, comes around.