This I Believe

Delaney - Centennial, Colorado
Entered on November 18, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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I was at the grocery store the other day when I saw something rather interesting. There was a man at the register next to me with an overflowing cart. A woman with only a few items got in line behind him. Instead of making the woman wait for him to check out his groceries, he simply let her buy her items first. Sometimes we fail to see how much we are affected by the little things in life. So often we overlook small favors and unprompted blessings we receive in life. I believe that simple gestures make the world a better place. I am sure every one of you can remember at least one time where someone did you a minor favor that brightened up your day, or even week. Now, imagine if everybody took those actions daily. If someone looks upset, a simple smile or hello can prove to them that someone cares, believe it or not. Small conversation with a stranger can give people hope.

The wonderful thing about simple gestures is that you can hardly go wrong with them. What could be bad about a smile? Even if you are not having a bad day, a random smile can always make you feel happier. All of these random acts of kindness revolve around responsibility. Doing the right thing is the core of making the world a better place. I believe that if everyone did the right thing, the world would know peace. If everyone could forget negative matters such as desire and greed, selfishness and hate, the only thing remaining would be love. Say someone drops money while walking down the street. I wish I could tell you that everyone I know would return the money immediately, but that would be a lie. How incredible would it be if everyone just set their self-interest aside to do what is right? You are loosing nothing; in fact, the only thing you are doing is improving someone’s day. You are also gaining a higher respect for yourself, not to mention the good karma! Someone once told me that I could basically work miracles by being nice. I guess that is what it comes down to really. If everyone could just be nice, do good to others, and forget our insatiability and greed, our world would be a marvelous place to live in.