Lauren O - Grade 9, Oakwood High School
Little Things Can Go A Long Way
My tale doesn't change the world as we know it, nor is it headline news material, but it certainly made an impact on who I've become and the impact it had on those close to me. It's fascinating how one simple act as a child can make you see life in a totally different perspective. Peace cannot be kept by force, but by understanding, - Albert Einstein. Let me tell you that living by this quote is a lot more difficult than simply reading it. It wouldn't be until I was the mere age of ten years old, to finally be able to comprehend this quote. A flashback to fourth grade takes me to feelings of exasperation, frustration, and triumph. There I see my two best friends, arguing and ignoring each other because she did something and then she retaliated and then... well you get the gist. This may not seem so earth shattering to a typical adult, but in a child's mind this was as bad as a category four hurricane. I formulated what I thought was a genius plan that was fool proof to make them get along. One of them should just apologize and then we all can move on with our lives thought my naive self. Unfortunately, neither wanted to forfeit since they believed the other was really at fault. I refused to give in to their silly bouts of bickering. I was a typical persistent youth who had to get their way and you know what, not much had changed. I contemplated a different route I could take, and I researched problem solving in my beloved American Girl magazines to come to a conclusion. I took both girls aside to a cafeteria table and calmly inquired if they would be willing to talk it out. I was surprised when they both agreed. I made sure each had a chance to speak and to stand up for herself with no interruptions. At last, they came to an understanding. I couldn't believe it, I had just solved a dispute using my own common knowledge. I had put an end to the side glares and the avoided eye contact. Sure, disagreements occurred in the future but at least I had the knowledge to halt them before the rumors escalated. Just by solving one argument gave me the confidence I needed at a vulnerable pre-teen age. I had no doubt that I could solve any discord that would happen and trust me when I say that it happened. I learned how I am a true peace keeper at heart and that my childish persistence is a trait I should never say goodbye too. Most importantly, I can see how Albert Einstein's quote relates to our lives today, especially with today's war and peace issues. People's hands should be reaching out to others with fingers outstretched instead of clenched fists. Peace is achieved by listening, not by demanding.