edu180atl: lela johnson 5.11.12
Today I learned that it only takes one day to completely flip around how you view society and each individual that plays a part in it.
Imagine yourself walking into a packed waiting room. You stand behind a man at the front desk, waiting for your turn to check in. It’s obvious by the body language of the man standing in front of you that he’s irritated, not unlike many others, but he’s not attempting to hide his exasperation. He is sighing repeatedly and doesn’t seem to care that people are in line waiting for him to move on. You begin to resent this man that you’ve never met before in your life. You wish he had just been courteous enough to come a different day, or even go to a different doctor. Little do you know, his beloved daughter has just recently died. A part of this man’s heart has been stolen from him in the blink of aneye. He grieves for his daughter and rightfully so, but yet, you didn’t think to consider that he is a good person that has been put through an undeserved circumstance.
This happened to me today.
Had I have known that this man was suffering inconceivable loss, I would not have judged him so readily. Everyone is suffering from some sort of loss. Rather than singling out these people and feeling bitter towards them, we should relate to them through common experience.
This way, we can accomplish life together as a community.
About the Author: Lela Johnson is 9th grade student at Holy Innocents’ and an avid tennis player, reader, and writer. She is a creative and diligent student who cherishes family and friends.