This I Believe

Saar - Oak Park, California
Entered on October 30, 2006
Age Group: Under 18
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Good Society in Good Atmosphere

When I first joined to a volunteer group to help a special needs child a year ago, I didn’t really know how I was going to do it. I didn’t know what I was going to say to him, or how I would act with him. When I met him for the first time and just followed him to do what he wants, and helped him, I saw how he reacted and how happy he was. It made me feel good to help him. When a person decides to do something for somebody else or to help him, he gets the best thing from it, that it makes him feel good about himself. Helping each other is an important part of life to me and makes it a lot better when I do it.

Every day, I see different examples of people helping each other. In my community, we like a big family. It is a Jewish community. At least once a week we are gathering in temple not just for praying, it is also to be together, to sit together and listen to each other, and to listen to the needs of others. I believe that a good society is the one that shares things together, and help each other. It’s good to be together and think about others and how to help them when they need us, and how they help us when we need them. It has to be mutual.

Sometimes people take advantage of the help they get from other people. For example, in my community, there were people that were in crisis, and had problems, and when the community helped them, they took advantage of it. They started thinking that the community owes them, so they stopped trying to help themselves. I think when I need help, my friends, family, or people from my community can help me to get on my feet, but I need to know that in the same way, I also have to help myself. I can’t count on them all the time, because if I count on others all the time, then I will get used to not having responsibility. I need to understand that sometimes we take, but we need to know how to give.

A good society is a society that knows how to live together, to share, and to help each other. The most important thing is to know that sometimes we take from others and we also need to know how to give back and how to appreciate the help that we get from others and our life will be much better. This I believe.