Stop, look and listen

In our new techno-crazed world, we often lose sight of what was once important to us. Cell phones, IMs, e-mail, computers—they all make us forget the true wonders of life, the beauty of our natural world. It doesn’t matter what religion or if you even have a belief [system], we all still live here on this one planet, the only one we’ll ever have. We need to keep it clean, thinking of our future generations—the ones who will inhabit this earth when we are gone. Do we want them to have to live in a landfill or to be able to see the beauty that we are able to see but seldom recognize?

Again and again, we are given the chance to help to make this world a better place for future and present peoples, but how often do we take that chance when it’s not convenient for us? Would most people drive all the way across town just to take their recycling? Would most people spend their Saturday feeding the homeless? We need to take into consideration the way the world will be in, say, 25 years if people keep living they way they do now.

Just changing the way you think and how you see things would change your attitude, which would change your actions. Most people think of open fields as just space. But if you change that thought to something like looking at all the animals that live there and the beauty of the plants, then that field is no longer just space—it’s a beautiful gift that should be cherished, not torn down for buildings. It is now a beautiful place to spend an afternoon, to watch the clouds go by and marvel at nature’s beauty.

— Hannah Catherine Stone
(6th grader)
Weaverville

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2 thoughts on “Stop, look and listen

  1. Karen Ford

    Hannah, with that wisdom and attitude you will grow up to be a leader of people, as well as a fine human being. I’m proud of you!

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