This I Believe

Emily - Mishawaka, Indiana
Entered on January 24, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: work
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This I Believe…

All too often are spoiled children envied by their peers, but when was the

last time that a child was envied by others for having to work hard for

something? I believe that you never fully appreciate what you have unless you

have worked for it. I believe that hard work is the most important lesson that a person

can be taught.

My parents are very hard working people, and they wouldn’t be that way today

if it wasn’t for my grandparents. My grandparents are some of the people I

respect the most in my life. They grew up in a time right after the Great Depression,

where hard work was a necessity, not just a good value to have. When I would

ask my grandpa about his childhood he would say, “We didn’t have two pennies

to rub together, but we were as happy as we could be.” They were creative and

made their own fun. They were happy with hand-me downs, and thankful for old

toys. He has carried these values with him throughout his whole life and still stets a good example for everyone in our family today. Although reluctant to retire, he finally did last year at the age of 76. He still farms and is involved with his church and in the community. I asked him if he was ever going to actually retire and take a break, all he could say is, “all I know how to do is work.”

Growing up laziness was never an option in my family, if we wanted

something we had to work for it. My brother and I were assigned chores at a

young age, and they were expected to be done without being told. My parents

told us that it was our house too, so we could help with the house, and yard

work. We each had our own room and we were responsible for keeping it clean.

We were expected to make our beds everyday, and keep our rooms clean. If our

bed wasn’t made, and our rooms weren’t clean, we were fined a dollar. We

learned responsibility through hard work. Although all of the work may not have been fun, I am thankful that my parents made me work hard for everything. I realize more and more as I get older, that my parents actually did want what was best for me. I

wasn’t only learning the value of hard work I was learning all of the

important lessons that came a lot with it, like time management, responsibility, and organization. Now that I am in my second semester of college I realize how much I refer to these values. Being off on my own I have to make sure that I am doing what’s right, not what is always fun. Making time for homework, studying, and reading, and choosing when to go out with my friends, and when to stay in and study are decisions that I have to struggle with every day. In a few more years I will be sitting in Elliot Hall waiting to receive my degree. To me, my degree will be more rewarding because I have worked so hard for it, and I was able to do it on my own.

I believe that hard work is the most important value a person can

have. Hard work teaches you many valuable life lessons, and gives you a sense

of accomplishment. Hard work got me to college, and hard work will get me

through college, and in the end I will appreciate my education, and everything

I have more, because I have had to work for it.