This I Believe

John - Silt, Colorado
Entered on March 30, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30

I believe in simplicity. The world we live in can appear to be extremely complex. We can analyze technology, science, history, human interaction, and review the complexities of all these categories. We have all experienced teachers that teach in a complicated style vs. a simple style. For instance, when we were taught the law of gravity, it could have been explained through complex scientific formulas or it could have been explained by the simple words…what goes up must come down.

I believe in giving friends and strangers a simple gesture. These gestures may include giving a stranger a smile with a friendly greeting. It may be waiving a car to go at a four way stop, even though it is your turn to go. It may be opening the door for someone who has his or her arms full. It may be offering your place in line at a grocery store to someone who has a couple of items compared to your full basket. It is these simple gestures/courtesies that impress people and put a smile on their face.

I believe that simple compliments can go a long way. People love to be complimented in many different areas in life, such as their looks, job performance, athletic ability, musical ability, drawing ability, accomplishments, etc. It is important to boast the ones that you love and recognize their accomplishments. It is important for us to talk up our friends and family, so they can feel good about themselves. It is our job to create a level of self-pride and self-respect for our family and friends. If you’re not going to be in their cheering section, who is?

Through following these laws of simplicity we are able to better a stranger’s or a loved-one’s day. This way of thinking also mirrors the golden rule, which is treating others, as you would like to be treated. I am going to go home tonight and practice these simple principles by telling my wife how beautiful she is and to boast about her multiple talents. I believe if things were kept simpler, the world would be a better place.