This is the second of a series of thoughts by my class of 5th and 6th graders
Choosing positive influences early in life is important to develop who a person is as an adult. Let’s say one person chose to have their influence be a slob, never doing school work, only playing video games all day, every day, except when they pull mean pranks on people. A second person chose at a young age to have their influence be a helpful, kind philanthropist who cared for sick and elderly, picked up trash, and helped needy. They would both start to understand their influence’s way of life, and because they always see that influence, they would adapt to their way of life.
The new helpful person would take the high, positive road of life. The beautiful path will lead through the lush forest of optimism, with trees of employment and shrubs of thought out work. This forest road will lead the beautiful lake of success, and the excited person who chose the positive influence can dive in to swim with the fish of enjoyed life.
The other person, however, has taken the low, negative road. This consequently leads to the dead, burnt plain of pessimism, with only a few dead trees of unemployment. The road continues through the barren, ravaged land until the plain stops at the huge, deep precipice of failure.
As the person who chose the negative influence trudges over the dried riverbed of incompletion, they realize they could have been listening to the birds of completion sing their lovely songs. They realize this disaster started with choosing their best friend at a young age. They realize it could be much harder to walk back out of the wasteland and take the high road than if they had taken the positive path at a young age. After all, who wants to stumble over the precipice of failure?
Who wants to end their life when they get old knowing they made no positive accomplishments some one else’s life?
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great,” Mark Twain.