This I Believe

Geneva - Orrville, Ohio
Entered on May 22, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: gratitude
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This I Believe:

Everyone has wanted something in his or her life, at least once. Some people want material possessions, for example, a toy or a particular pair of shoes. Others want emotional security in love or friendship. When the person does not receive what they long for, they forget everything else that is good in their life and focus on the negative. This is why I believe in being thankful for what a person has.

There are many blessings in my life that I am thankful for. Some of these blessings include my family, my home, and my friends. Without these, I would not be the person I am today.

My family and friends have shaped the person that I have become. My mother has taught me patience. My sister has taught me how to be more energetic and optimistic. My brothers have taught me to toughen up, while my father has taught me the value of work. My friends have taught me how to have fun, how to be less uptight and enjoy life.

My home is a resting place. In my home I know I am safe from the busy world around me. I know there are people who care for me in my home. My home not only provides me with mental security, but with protection from nature’s elements and a bed to sleep in. Home is my favorite place to be.

Being thankful for what one has is an important step in finding one’s self. Without thankfulness, people pay less attention to their surroundings and are held back from new opportunities that could benefit their lives. Ungrateful people are negative and end up wasting their time on being jealous of what others have or deprive themselves from enjoying life. Some of the happiest people in life live the simplest lifestyle.

Yes, I still hope for a particular pair of shoes and sometimes wish for other material items, but I try to keep things in perspective. I try to lead a simple, happy lifestyle, approaching life with a thankful heart.