33 thoughts on “Gratitude

  1. A Letter to The Boy Who Taught Me Life’s Lesson

    Dear Jeremiah,

    The day had finally come. I was with my family at the bus station, anxiously awaiting your arrival. I remember waving the sign, cheering, as the bus pulled up. Child after child stepped off the bus and found their host family. I had no idea who was about to walk into my life. All I knew was that the Fresh Air Fund matched us with an 8 year old boy from the Bronx, New York. I remember seeing the fear in your eyes and an uncertain smile on your face as you hesitantly met us for the first time.

    The car ride was full of story-telling and ice breakers. That was when you told me you had never been swimming. For a 16 year old girl who had grown up with a pool in her backyard, I was shocked. I went swimming almost every day, May through September. Throughout our two weeks with you, we learned you had never been bowling, gone to the beach and more. These were activities I often took for granted but that was all beginning to change.

    You were surrounded by a welcoming family who strived to see you grow and engage in things you had never done before. You were over the moon to be given these opportunities, it was the simple things that meant the most to you and the smile on your face that meant the most to us. Through these new experiences, I was able to understand and appreciate our differences. I became extremely grateful for the opportunities I had growing up. I was also extremely grateful for the chance to share these experiences with you. As I developed this gratitude, I was able to strip away my experiences and put myself in your shoes. In doing so, I realized that the only way to make a change in the world is to put yourself where the change needs to take place.

    My journey with the Fresh Air Fund inspired me to pursue a humanitarian aid career. It was the first moment where I felt deeply passionate about making a change in the world, whether it be small or large. Gratitude and empathy took the lead in my life after I met you. Thank you for inspiring this change Jeremiah.

    Sincerely,
    Reese Fowler

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    • I love the way you wrote this!! We take so many things for granted that it is so refreshing to be able to experience what others are experiencing. Whether it be such small things such as the joy of having the ability to try new things or having the opportunity to see someone try something new.

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  2. There’s approximately 7.5 billion human beings on our planet with individual needs, desires and beliefs. We as people can stray away from our true morals when difference or change arises, soiling the fabric every human has been weaved into. No matter the position one lies in, people of all kinds can find common ground with love and gratitude. It’s important to me to be grateful for the things life provides, enjoying the beauty of everyday life instead of letting negativity knock me off of my equilibrium.
    I was first exposed to the power of faith in church. I listened to stories from the bible and the pastor preaching powerfully, connecting with each and every spectator. Even at a young age when life was foreign and confusing, times like this gave me hope, inspiration and above all happiness. Although I don’t claim a specific faith, I understand why people do. It’s the same reason we keep our ripped, lucky underwear or cross our fingers before we scratch a lottery ticket. We have to fill ourselves with hope, and have faith in something bigger than all of us.
    I use this faith of the unknown as motivation, and to expand the ways in which I think and act. Now, life may still be a little foreign as an 18 year old with big hopes and dreams, but I’ve adopted beliefs from experiences. I’ve learned that taking things for granted takes the substance from life. I believe finding peace and rejoicing in hope, even when life is hard, keeps me balanced.

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  3. Many times I contemplate how lucky I am in life. I am able to wake up from a comfortable bed every morning and walk out of the house without a thought, as many of us do. Even things such as going to the beach or movies with friends makes me stop and think. The fact that there are millions of people who quite literally live in the middle of war torn countries everyday. These people don’t get that type of luxury we have. They can’t just go out whenever they want. They may have not eaten for days while we have three meals a day and it honestly makes me feel guilty. This doesn’t mean I don’t face harsh issues in life but I am able to say I do not have to worry about starvation or there being another attack on my people the following day. I definitely believe in showing my thanks any way I can whether it’s donating or volunteering. I aspire to go on mission trips and help with whatever they need. The way I look at it, these people can’t choose to be born into a place with such devastation just as I didn’t choose to be born into stability; I just completely lucked out. This is why I believe I need to be grateful every single day for simply waking up. I believe we need to put our resources together for the benefit of those who have none.

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  4. A while ago while I was maybe fourteen or something I had watched the film Hachiko. It tells the tale of a very real dog that had been lost and found an owner. The dogs name became Hachiko. Hachiko wouldn’t like it when his owner had to go to work, but he found he could wait for him everyday at the train station to greet him. The waiting and coming home from work became their routine, the cycle they’d gotten used to every single day. Until one day, Hachiko’s owner had an accident occur that took his life. Hachiko waited at the train stop, day in and day out. Until the day he died as well. Personally I wonder why people aren’t that way to their fellow humans. Perhaps there is something more greedy to our nature that we are more self serving, while a dog is a pack animal. Like I can’t imagine myself waiting that long for someone but I think it’s strange that a being with a shorter average life span finds they have the time to wait. While we have an average life span that is four times that dogs average and get aggravated waiting in line for five minutes. I gained an appreciation for those that do wait. The patience required to do that, how society currently with how fast everything moves makes you want to move at a quicker pace even if it means leaving someone behind.

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  5. For the past 17 years, I have been extremely blessed with a healthy and happy life. However, the first year of my life was nowhere close to how it is now. On June 20th 2001 my twin brother and myself were born, but it was not a joyful day like most births are made out to be. We were born at 27 weeks old, three months early, both weighing just over two pounds each. The doctors did not think we would make it any more than a week after our birth, and there was a good possibility we would not even make it past that initial night. The first year of our lives consisted of 3 months of living in the hospital with continuous care from nurses, oxygen tanks, a 50/50 chance of surviving our first winter, medical scares, and constant medical attention. After that year, my brother and I have been able to live normal, happy, and healthy lives. I have been able to grow up in a loving household, play sports, make lifelong friends, graduate at the top of my high school class, and learn what my passions in life are. I am so grateful for my life and I would not be here today if it wasn’t for the love of my family, and the overwhelming amount of care I received from my nurses during that first year of my life. Because of my past, I have been raised and surrounded by so much love, and I have been able to see the beauty in life and the enormous importance in caring for and helping others. I have been so lucky to have been given the opportunity to express this love and care through volunteer work and my current job working with children at a summer camp. I have volunteered and helped run food drives at my high school, gone on and raised money for multiple charity walks, volunteered at donation centers, and I have helped run activities for children at my local parish’s events. In the future I plan to express the same love and care as a pediatric nurse. I believe the best way we can live our lives is by caring for and helping one another. By doing this, we will all be able to be the best versions of ourselves and help others strive to do the same.

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  6. We wake up in the morning with the many things we are given. A comfortable place to live, many meals a day, entertainment, all at our finger tips. But what about those who are less fortunate? This summer, I was given an opportunity to experience life outside of America. I went on a mission trip to Taiwan where a group from my church hosted a VBS program for an orphanage. The children there were clearly not as fortunate as we are, however they live their best lives. Their living conditions were not as good as ours, they didn’t have as much clothes as we did, close to no technological entertainment, but the smiles on their faces were prominent. Even with this many differences, they looked just like your average kid. At night, the kids would be given time to go to the court yard to play and hang out. There were activities such as badminton, basketball, and rip-stick. Being there to see kids from ages 2 to 20 all hang out in harmony without things that we have is really eye opening. When we taught them about our faith, the kids were really enthusiastic about learning. Being able to see the kids have fun learning about something we believe in brought joy to each one of us.

    Coming back to America really made me think about how lucky each and every one of us really are. We have a place to live, a family who can provide for us, food to eat, and much more. Not only am I grateful for all that I have now, I like to think about how I can make other people’s lives better. The kids I worked with looked like average kids, but each and every one of them had their own story. How grateful are you for living in America?

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  7. The environment you grow up in, as a child, could arguably be the most influential part of your life. Growing up I had a rough childhood, but this isn’t about that. This is the story of how that turned around. As a child, I grew a strong interest towards Asian culture. This sparked my interest towards martial arts. I started doing the art of aikido and this gave me a new point of view at life. I am very thankful for the people I have met through martial arts at festivals, seminars and in my own dojo. Before starting aikido, I was never happy with myself. I wasn’t social, athletic or motivated like everyone else I encountered. Aikido taught me how to grow into myself and who I am supposed to be. I wake up everyday motivated and excited to get out and be myself around others and study aikido. My sensei, who stepped up as the father figure that my own dad couldn’t be, was a big contributor to bettering my mental health and overall health. Without my sensei and the other students at the dojo I don’t think I would be where I am today. Being around them 5 days a week created an environment that I could depend on and feel happy in. This turned my view of my own childhood around. I no longer feel sorry for myself, now I am proud of my own accomplishments and excited to complete my future goals. I hold an abundance of gratitude towards them for making me a great man and a great martial artist.

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  8. In January of 2018, my family and I traveled to a tiny island in the Indian Ocean. We decided to take a vacation to the Maldives because its coral reefs are home to some of the most spectacular marine life. Therefore, the majority of the trip was spent underwater observing the colorful fish, sea turtles, graceful manta rays, and enormous whale sharks. Although some may think vacations are meant to be relaxing getaways, I believe traveling should be a learning experience. While there was much to learn about biology throughout the vacation, we also decided to learn about the people at the resort, including the workers. One night when returning to our hut from dinner, we ran into our housekeeper, Foried, and struck up a conversation with him. Within a matter of minutes, we discovered that Foried and many other workers at the resort came from the poverty stricken country Bangladesh. Foried was 22 years old when he arrived to the island with one of his eight siblings and he had already been working for the resort for two years when we met. Both him and his brother were sending their entire paychecks back home to provide for their family. When Foried returns to Bangladesh, all of the money he earned will have been spent. He will have an arranged marriage and children of his own, but he will most likely have to depend on his younger siblings to provide for his family. I was shocked at how selfless Foried was; he truly put his family before himself. His story is one I will never forget and as a result, I will be eternally grateful for my family’s financial stability and the ample educational opportunities present in the United States. While reflecting on the interaction with Foried, I realized how vastly unaware I am of the cultures and struggles people have around the world. Now I believe it is important to learn something from every experience.

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  9. I believe in appreciating the small things. As a CNA (certified nursing assistant), who works at a disabled adult day care, I have had the opportunity to work and get to know many people with different personalities and different levels of ability. I enjoy working with my clients. Many have stood out to me due to the fact that they always had a smile on their face even though they may be in pain physically or mentally. I learned that being able to appreciate small things such as being able to learn at a normal pace, or to have the ability to walk without assistance or even having another day of life is something to be grateful for. It has made me appreciate my independence, and better understand compassion and acceptance. While working at the day program with a disadvantaged population, it confirmed my interest in pursuing a career in nursing. Making relationships with the clients and caring for them in a vulnerable state opened my eyes to see how diverse and beautiful one’s life is. Being able to meet the different types of needs they have and the feedback they give me makes me feel appreciated as well as appreciating that I have the capability to help them. My clients have made me aware that I have made a difference in their daily lives and that I can make a difference in anyone who needs caring for. Being able to change someone’s life in such a small but beneficial way has reaffirmed my choice for my educational path and has made me realize that being able to walk, talk, think, and live is to be appreciated.

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  10. I often compare my life experiences with those of the people with which I share a lot of my time. Sometimes I get angry. I get angry when I think about starting my first job at fifteen years old and they’ve made it to eighteen having never worked. I get angry when we go out for food or clothes and they pull out their parent’s credit cards. I get angry listening to them complain about how their moms put their laundry away incorrectly and they couldn’t find a certain pair of shorts while I can’t remember the last time a parent did laundry for me. I get angry when they complain about anything at all when their problems could never compare to my own. I get angry when they take things for granted. But when I really start to think about their lives compared to my own, I am grateful. I am grateful for my experiences at a part-time grocery store job and all its taught me. I am grateful for learning how to spend money on myself and save money for myself at a young age. I am grateful for my mother and all she is able to do for me and I am grateful for being able to appreciate her. I am grateful for my hardships for all they’ve taught me, and I am thankful they aren’t worse. I believe in appreciating what I have, and I am grateful to my life experiences for showing me how to feel gratitude.

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  11. Gratitude is a value I try to practice daily. To give back in some way to others, or show someone that I am thankfully for what they have done for me. At times, gratitude has been my motivation. I am reminded of this when I am faced with tedious tasks. In particular, helping my parents with their computer problems. Wither it is sending an email, or connecting to the internet, my parents always seems to run into issues. Almost weekly I can expect a call for assistance from them, with the solution often being a very simple fix. On top of this, they never exactly learn from what I explain or help them with. The most irritating issue is helping them sign into their email accounts. Every so often, when they try to sign in, they will forget an uppercase letter in their password or forget to turn off caps lock. This leads me to have to step in, solving the obvious problem in a blink of an eye. Despite the solution being very simple and in their own control, they continue to rely on my help. It may become an annoyance, but I try my best to handle it with a smile, without a fuss or judgment towards them. While I get nothing in return, allowing them my time is a way I show my gratitude for all the help they have given me. As I’ve grown older, I realize that what they’ve provided for me is invaluable; nothing will truly ever repay or match it. While I do hope they finally learn one day, helping them with their computer problems is the least I can do.

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  12. I believe in the power of positive people. They have influenced me in ways that helped me to overcome anxious situations. Their affirmations and belief in me have resulted in me becoming a more confident person. Now, I often see problems and frustrations from a different perspective because they have helped me to rise above adversity.
    Positive people’s enthusiasm for life is contagious, and they are upbeat and energetic. They lift our spirit and help us to believe more in ourselves and our abilities. They remind us to always keep a sense of humor. Their assertion about our capabilities help us to rise above life’s challenges.
    One of my earliest memories of the power of positivity occurred when i first started kindergarten. Like a normal 5 year old, I was scared and didn’t know what to expect. My teacher, Mrs. Silva, helped me to overcome any worries I had by quickly finding reasons to praise my effort and those of my classmates. She taught me to believe in myself and to always do my very best. By the end of the year my confidence level was boosted and I was able to make an easy transition into the next grade. I believe she set the tone for my attitude about the importance of education, and it has remained with me throughout the years.
    I believe that many of these experiences prepared me for the greatest trial of all. In September of 2014, my mother received the diagnosis of an extremely rare brain tumor. My family and I were in pure shock and didn’t know what to do with ourselves. After my mom heard the news, she immediately told us that she was going to be okay and not to worry about her at all. She had such a positive attitude and so much bravery through out the whole process and was the person who carried me and my family through it all. She was even encouraging to the roommate she had at the hospital, and made her feel a lot better. The doctors had said that they have never had a patient so positive and calm. She underwent her surgery and was only in the ICU for one day. She was immediately able to walk around the hospital to regain her strength, and the doctors told her they have never seen such a quick recovery after brain surgery. I really believe her positivity helped with her recovery and it made us have hope that it would all be okay and she would be well again.
    All of these experiences have left me with the belief that positive people are a powerful force that can have a great impact upon my emotions. They have lifted my spirit when i needed it most and enabled to overcome life’s many obstacles. Their influences have made me joyful and opened my heart to the goodness that exists in the world around me.

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  13. The definition of gratitude is, “the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness.” Throughout my employment at The Food Project, I work to grow healthy affordable food to support my community members. I also dedicate myself to this job by working more than required hours so I can make my community and family proud, and this is how I live by the Golden Rule. For example, in working with people from the lower income community, from the homeless to substance abusers, I have been able to support them in ways unimaginable. Throughout our summer farmers markets, we try to gift an individual who is in need with at least one produce item at no cost. Understanding that just because they are in a situation where they have less than, does not mean they are less of a person in need. This gives me the opportunity to showcase my personable and outgoing personality, through my outreach. While just now finishing up my fifth year at The Food Project, I have learned many things about gratitude. I know that I myself portray gratitude by being thankful for the opportunity to work and learn so much while being in my own community and helping better my community. Also by being able to know that I can return the kindness that has been given to me and I am honored to say that I can return kindness within my own community even in little ways by giving one tomato to someone who may have less than I do.

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  14. Feeling of gratitude is a simple way to enrich our life. Gratitude allows us to focus on the positive things life has provided. Throughout childhood, we are faced with challenges and people who influence us. As children, we are thankful for our parents, caregivers and mentors who have given us life and opportunities to experience. As we age and life becomes more complex, we have more things to be grateful for. The importance of gratitude is to be thankful for everything. The big things in life are not always the most important, it is about the small things and favors people present to oneself. However, in today’s society we are becoming more focused on those negative aspects which are out of our control. This has led us into a world where gratitude is not a practiced belief. We believe that everyone is out to get us or don’t appreciate other people’s values. What we as a society have to realize is each person plays a role in our life and each opportunity will help to shape who we are whether it has a favorable or unfavorable outcome. “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” This quote was written by Melody Beattie. You do not have to wait for people to do good for you. Instead, be the first one to act and express your thankfulness to them.

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  15. Gratitude is a wonderful and important thing in this world. For more than half of my life I was raised by a single mother, life was a little difficult for us but it was still nice. Even though I was getting picked on in school and things like that I realized that I still had it better than many people and my mother had it drilled into my head on who did have it worse. I read articles and wrote papers on the people who struggle far worse than me in life and it really got me to understand and feel gratitude. Especially now with so many things being better I got more friends in school, my mother remarried and I now have a 5 year old sister and it is amazing, but I still remember that important lesson on gratitude to this day because it got so much better. Now I know I’m far from the only person with this story but that’s what makes it great so many people and relate and understand it, and if everyone can at least make an effort to understand the lesson of gratitude and how important it is, I feel that the world will be a far more amazing place. This is why I believe that gratitude is one of the greatest things that can shape a person.

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  16. The value that I hold dear to my heart is gratitude. To be able to do things others can’t. Some people wake up everyday with complications and health related issues. But everyday I can wake up healthy and ready to start the new day. I have gratitude for this reason because I can do things others in the world, probably can’t. I can get up and walk whenever and do whatever I want. Some people can’t even get the chance to do these things. So I take these little things as a blessing because you don’t know what you truly have till you see those who can’t do what you can. I am also grateful for What life has taught me through ups and downs.I am thankful I can also learn from what occurred in my life to better myself . I believe in appreciating what I have, and my life experiences for showing me to never forget where I’ve come from and where I am end up going if I don’t slow down and think. I feel like I also take everyday of my life as a chance to appreciate things. Like at work I see so many people come in and out fo my job. So there’s always something I can take with me that I can appreciate compared to this customer or maybe I should appreciate what they appreciate. Like not letting a rainy day stop me for living my best life on a brand new day.

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  17. I believe in respect and treating others the way you would want to be treated. Life is too short to treat others poorly. Life should be valued and filled with kind memories. Respect people’s opinions and way of life. You can never know what someone is going through and treating that individual kindly may improve their day. I work in retail and even though customers tend to be rude, I am always respectful and kind. My kindness towards someone may change their attitude or even their perspective on how they treat others. Respect can change our world entirely. So many problems within this planet could have been solved if everyone respected one another and valued their beliefs. What good does it do someone to hate another for something they believe in. Everyone deserves the right to be valued whether they are a different race, gender, age, sexual orientation, political party, beliefs, etc. People are so quick to judge others even though, most of the time, they don’t even know the individual they are judging. We are all human beings with practically the same wants and the same needs. Why would anyone want to live in a world where they have to be worried about what others think of them? It’s exhausting and a complete waste of time. Imagine a world where you do not feel the need to tiptoe around people and be scared of what people may think of you. By respecting each other, the world can become a better place and we can all become better people.

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  18. I have not always been the most grateful for the opportunities I have had in my life. It is hard to step back and distance yourself and look at things through a wider lens when you are living it and it is your reality. When my mom told me almost four years ago that we would be moving to America I was so upset and I could to try and find a way to remain where I was because I hate change, even though there was a lack of opportunity in the environment I was in. I refused to see that things could become any better. I would not speak to anyone for weeks because I thought they were uprooting my life and turning it upside down. When I look back now, I am very grateful. Never had I thought that I would be going to college and that I will be the first to graduate from college and make my family and especially my mother extremely proud. I guess what I am trying to say is sometimes to understand and be grateful you have to step back and look at a situation and try to be mature and think about it as a way to better yourself. People are not always trying to ruin your life, which is what I thought for the longest. I lost some great friends in Jamaica but on the other hand, I am also very grateful for the amazing friends I made here and the ones I hope to continue making. I am grateful for the right to and education where I can become something and do Important things in life. And If I ever forget to say it I want to say Thank you, mom. I am very grateful for everything you do and continue to do for me.

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  19. Sometimes in life, you have to just take a step back and count your blessings. When I was a small child, my family didn’t have much. My mother and I lived by ourselves for a long time. It was hard for me, even being young, to watch my mother struggle to make ends meet. There’s not a second that goes by where I’m not appreciative of my mother. Watching her pull us out of a tough spot has driven me to where I am today. Through emulating my mother’s hard work in my own way, I’ve done enough where I can hope to have made her proud. I had a succesful 4 years in high school, and I’ve become the first in my family to attend college. But more importantly, I’m far more grateful for my inspiration than any of the success I’ve had. In addition, I’m also extremely grateful for all the friends and teamates I’ve met along the way. Playing football for three years taught me the value in comraderie and loyalty, and it also etched a “never give up” mentality into my soul. Even when it was at its worst, I’m grateful for my experiences playing ball. Through playing football, I also found track, which brought its own set of challenges and experiences. But through it all, I’m grateful for the coaches that taught me to take some pride in myself as an athlete. Through them pushing me to do better, I ended up becoming a decently accomplished athlete in a long succesful track team, and quite frankly, I wouldn’t have come close without those coaches. Through all my life experiences, the one’s I’ve been through and the ones to come, I’ll never forget to be grateful.

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  20. A Little Big Thing Called Gratitude

    There are things in life that some people consider “the little things in life”. Gratitude may be one of those qualities that does not seem important to some people. I believe gratitude has an enduring positive effect on both the benefactors and the recipients of gratitude.

    One time I was walking out of a Subway restaurant and there was someone walking out behind me. I held the door for him, and he gave me a big smile and said, “thanks man I really appreciate it”, and went on with his day. Little did he know that him thanking me and being genuinely happy that I held the door for him made my day. His response to me holding the door did not just make my day. Receiving gratitude when I assist someone, in turn, makes me want to help more people because the feeling of being helpful helps give more of a meaning to my life.

    Gratitude has helped shape me into who I am. Since I could understand gratitude, I have shown it in many ways. Whether it is thanking someone for helping me understand a math problem or thanking God for every wonderful day He makes. Being thankful makes me a happier person and it lets the people I thank know that what they did for me is appreciated.

    Gratitude is one of the most important things that we can show others. We can show it through our actions and words. The effect on the benefactor and recipient are very beneficial for how someone lives their life.

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  21. Amare
    Belief is a powerful concept. It has created and ended wars; it has begun and obliterated lives; it has birthed and destroyed civilizations. To believe in an idea means that no matter the cost, the idea should and will be stood behind. This is how I feel about love. To be able to love somebody else, whether it romantically, platonically, or in any other way, means that you have learned to love yourself. This is one of the hardest things to learn to do. I struggled with it for a long time. Speaking truthfully, I hated myself so much at some points that I decided life wasn’t worth it. I felt so alone it physically hurt inside my lungs as if a truck had dumped a giant load of sand right on my solar plexus. However, once the dust settled and the truck moved on to its next victim, I slowly opened my eyes and noticed a hand through the sediment, begging for me to grab on. That hand belonged to somebody who stood up for what they believed in. A person who was selfless enough to see that I needed a little bit of the love they learned to give themselves.
    There are seven types of love: Eros, Philia, Storge, Agape, Ludus, Pragma, and Philautia. Each person has more than likely dealt with or experienced multiple of these types of love. Eros is a love of passion, often associated with sexual attraction. Philia is often associated with friendships, companionships, and trust. Storge is associated with the love between family members, such as a parent and his/her/zer child. Ludus is a fun, no-strings-attached type of love, often with little commitment. Pragma is the type of love that paves the road for a future and is founded on duty. Philautia is also known as self-love. There are innumerable ways to take a stand and help move this society into a more loving, accepting environment. One of the simplest ways to do so is by common courtesy. Hold the door for people, if the person in front of you is a dollar short on his/her/zer purchase, give him/her/zer a dollar. Make people laugh; it is very comforting, soothing and helps an individual out, in the long run, to surround his/her/zerselves with people who reciprocate the given emotion. The genuine joy brought upon a persons face when he/she/ze is talking about something he/she/ze is passionate about is powerful enough to brighten a room and its occupants. The small things are what people remember the most vividly. I know I remember the one time a stranger gave me a “good person of the day” card more vividly than anybody who has ever bought me flowers or told me I was pretty. Time never stops, and with each passing second, we are further from our old candid memories, and closer to our new ones. Make them count. It’s impossible to know what baggage a person carries with them, but it is possible to go out of your way to try to make the persons day a little bit brighter. We need to learn to create the ebullience we so desperately crave.
    This brings it all back to love; the most abused word in the English dictionary. The four letter word that once captured an enchanting feeling is now often used in jokes or said without any regard. The meaning of love needs to be reclaimed. That’s why every time I see my significant other, I always tell him how much he matters to me. Every time I see that my friends or coworkers have had a rough day, I go out of my way to buy them a coffee, or ice cream or show them pictures of baby animals; anything to put that smile back on their face. I take my brothers to the beach, I take my parents for dinner, I make sure that I am always available to the people I care about, no matter the time or circumstances. Is it tiring? Absolutely. Tiring, stressful, and more often than not, emotionally draining as well. That’s what love is. It’s not just there during the good times. It’s there for the good, the bad and everything in between. Without love, the world would be a sad gloomy place, and in times like these, society doesn’t need any more turmoil. As Shakspeare once said in Hamlet “Doubt thou the stars are fire; Doubt that the sun doth move; Doubt truth to be a liar; But never doubt I love ( Shakespeare Act II, Scene II, Line 113).” Everybody needs something to hope for or believe in, something to stand up and fight for. I choose love.

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  22. Gratitude is something that everyone should acquire throughout their lives. Sometime’s it’s really difficult for me to take a step back and realize that even in some of the toughest times in my life, I’m still one of the most fortunate people I know, simply because of the life that my family has given me. Everyday I wake up to a roof over my head and a supportive family who loves me and cares about me more than I know. I lash out sometimes, and I get really frustrated about trivial things, and it makes me feel as though my life is so horrible, and I forget about how lucky I am. For example, when my sister drove over my basketball that I left in the driveway, and popped it, I was really upset because I’ve had it for a long time and I felt like that was a very inconsiderate thing to do. A few minutes later, I realized that it wasn’t a giant deal, and no matter what I still have countless blessings that I forget all about once my temper goes off. To me, one of the most important things in my life is that at the end of every day, no matter what happened in the last 12 hours, I always need to be grateful that I am where I am, and I have the life that I do.

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  23. During the summer of 2017, I did a few clinicals at a local nursing home for a nursing class I had been taking. After three weeks of long days in a classroom, the other students and I were anticipating the clinicals. We would finally get to interact with patients. Although on the first day of our clinical, I realized not everyone was happy to be there as my class was. Specifically the staff we were shadowning, other certified nursing assistants, showed a lack of enthusiasm for their jobs. Still excited to be there, I walked into patient rooms behind them only to be continually let down by their lack of kindness to these elderly patients who were kind to them. The patients warm smiles radiated at me when they saw a smiling face back. It made me happy I could provide them with a sense of love, even if it was the only happy face they would see all day. What really made me realize how neglected the patients were happened when talking to a 94 year old woman, Elizabeth, while she ate her lunch. She explained to me that all the friends she makes at the home, get worse as soon as they get there. Elizabeth said to me “I think people digress when they get here because no one cares about them. At least it feels that way. I feel like an inconvenience so I try to do everything myself.” My time at the clinicals taught me skills necessary for the job, but more importantly the power of a smile and gratitude. Now everyday when I walk into a client’s room, I try to make their day a little bit better and show them that I am happy and excited to help.

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  24. I believe that everyone in life needs just one person. That person would be your rock. Life comes with many bumps in the road and sometimes you just need that one person to be there for you when times do get tough. You may not be getting stuff done that you need to get done, possibly not even willing to try because you have been too depressed over an event that happened and you feel as if you don’t have the energy to do anything. Sometimes it may even be problems going on with friends or even family. Someone may not like the way you have done something, someone may not like what you did. But when you need to talk to someone your person is there. They are there to support you and give you the best advice they can give to try to make your problem better or go away. Having a person that cares about your life and how well you do in it is very reassuring. It may be a friend, it may be a family member, a collegue, maybe even your neighbor. I personally have a person, she helps me through any type of problem I have, and I can honestly say I would not be where I am today without her. Find your person.

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  25. Respect is a noun. This noun is a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. So in that case I believe everyone should work and gain respect from as many people as possible. Gaining or earning respect from people, shows that you have people who have a deep admiration for you because you are doing something right to them. In another sense, they look up to you and try to better their ways by you. I believe that respect is more important than love. Not everyone will love you but everyone should respect you. If you are a person of values, people can still dislike you but yet respect you because of who you are. Respect is a very important trait many want. Earning respect is just as important as giving respect to others in my eyes. It is right to respect everyone you come across in life, disregarding their age, race, nationality, religion, and looks. You never know who someone really is until you get to know them. So for an example, you see a young little boy at the store and you start bullying them as a young adult or don’t show that little boy the normal respect you would give to a friend of your own. You don’t know the little boy but since he’s young, you didn’t feel the need to respect him. But imagine that little boy was the son of your boss at work. Now you would regret acting the way you did. So this is why I say respect everyone you come across in life. Also, the more people you respect, the more likely it is for them to show you respect back. Again, in my eyes I believe respect is one of the key traits of life and I would rather have people who respect me then love me.

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  26. I believe in black power and its emotional concept. It’s celebration of the knowledge spread by our black leaders. I believe in Malcom X’s philosophy about injustice and racism that is still present today. I trust my god has skin the color of bronze and hair like wool. I believe in black excellence. I believe in hip hop. The message in the music and the passion behind it. For me every time a new Jay Z track comes out it holds knowledge whether it be about buying art or property and how to flip it. I believe in mind expansion. Expanding to other business ventures or educating ourselves on issues that need to be dealt with. I believe in miracles because even in your darkest hour, a light can shine. I believe in changing lives. I believe in me. I believe that I can do anything I set my mind to. I finished high school and about to attend my first semester of college, something I didn’t think would happen. As life passes, I see more to put thought into, more to learn, and more to believe. Lastly I believe in The Notorious B.I.Gs bar from the sky’s the limit “stay far from timid, only make moves when your hearts in it, and live the phrase sky’s the limit.”

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  27. From the moment I wake up, I am grateful for the things that I have. Being grateful is alway a good thing because it shows that I appreciate all the things that have happened to me. Back home In the country of Morocco, when I was young, I didn’t understand the school work that was given to me, and they made everything hard to understand. This made me not want to learn anymore and it created an obstacle that was almost too difficult to overcome. My parents realized that the education wasn’t good down there, and they found out that the education in America was better. They sacrificed everything in their power for me and my sister to come here and finish our education. I am truly grateful for their help and I want to one day return the favors that they generously gave me. I want to first graduate from college so that I can fulfill my parents dream. Then, once I have a steady job with a good income, I want to surprise them with their dream home. Being grateful also reveals that I care for others and their achievements. I celebrate the achievements of my friends and family as if they were my own. I am truly grateful for those who have always been there for me during hard times and who help me out. I never forget someones generosity. In return I give constant support and I have their back whenever they need it.

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  28. It was the last two weeks of summer before senior year began. The scent of the ocean invaded my lungs and filled me with joy as I sat on the paint peeled porch of my grandmothers beach house. The sun beating down made the day bright, but the people that surrounded me were what made it so great. Sitting there, I looked around at my sisters and friends and realized just how happy they made me. This intense gratitude for my loved ones made me dread the fast approaching school year I would be spending in Connecticut. After freshman year, I decided to move to Connecticut to be with my mom, but the thought of finishing high school sharing the same cap and gown as the strangers I called friends was simply unbearable. Knowing I would not be graduating with my childhood friends was a scary thought. That day at the beach was when I decided I did not want to waste any time without cherishing my true friends and family that were everything to me. My love and gratitude was ultimately what made me believe in following my heart. I believe that following your heart is the true path to happiness. I spent my last year of high school with the people that mean the most to me. The immense amount of happiness I gained from this decision made me believe that there should be no other choice, but to follow your heart.

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  29. Gratitude is another word for being thankful and appreciative with the things that you are given in life. Every human has felt this feeling at least once in their life and I am lucky enough to say I feel thankful and appreciative every day. I have a heathy family and a lot of support to push me too be where I am today. There are many situations in some homes across the country where certain kids are not as supported by their families as other kids because of the family they were born into to. If you can truly say that you are blessed enough to be brought into this world to a good family, that supports you and cares for you each and every day, you should feel a lot of gratitude in your everyday life. A lot of people unfortunately were not dealt with the best hand and this leads to children making poor choices and bad decisions because they have no family guidance at home. I am very thankful for the way I have been raised because I was pushed to do good in school and be polite to others. These are little things but they matter a lot on the long run when you decide you want to move forward with your life and apply for a job. Even getting to this point in my life where i’m about to embark and start my college journey, I can’t thank my family enough for getting me to this point. I am very appreciative of the life I am living thanks to the supporting cast i was raised with.

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  30. When I was 3 years old my brother was born and during birth it was discovered that she had blood cancer known as Leukemia. It was always really sad because she would have her good days and her bad days, but I never thought that there would be a good thing to come out of Cancer until i heard of Camp Kesem. Camp Kesem is a camp for kids whose parents have been affected by cancer that is fund raised and run completely by college students, and the first year i attended I went to one based out of Boston College, and the chapter is known as Chestnut Hill. Everybody there was there to support all the kids all week and made it a fun week for everyone to escape from the impact cancer has on our lives. I could not be more grateful for everything these college students have done for me, and hope to one day start a camp Kesem chapter of my own at Umass Dartmouth to return what they did for me.

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  31. I have had many meaningful experiences in my life. The most recent meaningful experience for me happened the other day at my job. I work at the welcome center at the Malden YMCA. At the welcome center I meet all sorts of people who speak different languages and come from different walks of life. I have had people come in who cannot see and people come in who are unable to walk. I have seen two dads drop off their little girl at our summer camp. I have even received a call from someone who was homeless and needed a place to stay, and I spent over an hour researching and finding the best place to stay near her. I called her back and she was very thankful. The point is that I have really seen everything. And I love that about my job. The best and most meaningful experience from my job just happened a few days ago. Here at the YMCA we have a fall guide, which is really just a huge packet with all of the activities we have available for the fall. Anyways, on the cover of the packet we have a black woman. But, she is not just any black woman. She is a Hijabi. I love this, it is diversity on diversity. When I was little I never got to see someone who looks like me on tv or in books really nowhere. And here I am at the YMCA and this beautiful woman is on the brochure. Guess what happened. I was signing up someone for swim registration and she saw the brochure and smiled. She said she loves the brochure. She was a hijabi. It was really a magical moment. This moment made me feel really happy I don’t think I gained a value I just know I felt the value of appreciation and gratitude’.

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  32. Friendships are something to be grateful for and what I have been holding close to me for my entire life. The friends I have and always wanna keep are something that I hold dearly and never want to lose them. My entire high school life has been enlightened by the group of friends that are now in my life till the day we die I guess. We have planned many things together throughout the rest of our lives and somehow everyone has been included in them. We all have been close and always will remain close to each other because our friendship is now part of our lives. Having these friends have given me so much more confident about life, in general, Knowing them has made me a better person I would like to think, these people have made me who I am today, the best version of me. I have told this to them personally and showed them my gratitude by making them a wonderful dinner which they all loved. I love them with all my heart its as if it is a brotherhood we all watch each other making sure everyone is ok making sure no one out of place. Our love for each has grown so much it has made us a family and hope to never lose my family. My second family is something that I am proud to have found it has made me who I am and want to be, what I would exactly want when I have made my own family. My friends and I have shown great gratitude for each other and I will always appreciate my second family.

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