Noticing the Little Beauties

Keely - Bend, Oregon
Entered on March 20, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: gratitude
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The sun is shining and flowers are starting to bloom- it’s almost Spring. But rather than notice this, it is easier to be worried or stressed, because there are never-ending stressors in this world. It’s getting warmer, but of course, clouds are rolling in. How much easier is it to see the clouds than notice the warmth that they bring? This I believe: It is important to appreciate the little, good things.

Yes, there are troubles in the world. It sure is easy to argue and say that there is a war going on, little children are starving, and humanity isn’t doing a great job at aiding them. But I’ve found that the load of the world is almost cancelled out when I take the time to appreciate the beauty on our earth.

There are endless things to make me smile here on Earth. I have the beautiful skies, the flower beds next door, and the little old couple walking down the street to remind me that it isn’t all bad. I’ve learned that if I make an effort to focus on the little beauties of life, I’ll find that they really are everywhere.

When I was little my parents taught me to look for the good in a situation, and appreciate it. They used to tell me that there’s always good in something, no matter how horrible it may seem. And now that I’m older, I’ve taken that on as my own personal belief. I know that my God created this world, and he created a good one. So, no matter how corrupt something may seem, it still has that divine plan deep inside of it.

I’ve lived on this earth for fifteen years, and I can say that it truly is good. There is no possible way to miss the beauty in it. Even the world’s largest pessimist cannot deny the glory of the sunset on a cloudy day or the sweet smell of the grass after a rainstorm. It may be easier to look at the clouds or mourn the rainy weather, but I find it so much more rewarding to appreciate the little things in my life.

So, I know not to fret if I ever feel a raindrop land on my nose- I look up for that rainbow. It will always be there to marvel at. If I’m ever late to school and have to wait for some little old lady and her grandson to cross the street, I take a moment to appreciate the love shared between such different people. And then I tell my parents to slam on the gas and honk like a maniac. Because if there is one thing that I believe; it’s that it is vital to take full advantage of every simple beauty on our planet, it will make my life so much sweeter.