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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.

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lela:

    Thank you for sharing such a powerful message! it is comforting to know that someone with your sensitivity exercises the power to reflect on your behavior and adjust. We need to learn to grant the benefit of the doubt. It will help us learn to live together in harmony, which we desperately need. Thank you!


    May 12, 2012
  2. Lela,

    As always, your quiet insight offers a powerful and moving message.

    Mrs. Chesser

    May 12, 2012
  3. Thank you, Lela, for the engaging opening description. That brings us into your moment, as you are brought into the moment of this man. The combination of imagination and empathy work a human magic in this brief yet powerful episode. Given the details in your clear sentences, I am likely to carry this story with me for some time. Thank you for giving it to us.

    May 12, 2012
  4. Sydni Singleton #

    Lela this is a very good piece of writing. I hope someday I will be as good as you1

    Sydni Singleton

    May 12, 2012
  5. Sydney Coleman #

    I LOVED this post Lela!! It was very insightful! I always try to consider other people’s experiences before judging them, which is difficult, and sometimes I need eye openers like these.

    May 12, 2012
  6. Carla Klepper #

    Lela…a lovely piece filled with the essence of who you are. I am looking forward to your continued growth as a writer and an observer of the human condition.
    Mrs. Klepper

    May 12, 2012

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