Makayla Pindroh - Grade 7, Incarnation Catholic School
Positivity Changes the World
“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells,” the children sang as we passed out Christmas gifts in the hospital cafeteria. It was four days before Christmas and my mother and I were at a children’s hospital. We were there to distribute presents to kids that would need to stay in the hospital over Christmas for various reasons. It was very emotional seeing these children having to go through such an immense amount of pain and discomfort and on top not being able to go home for Christmas. The first child I met had cancer. He looked as if he was experiencing tremendous pain. I greeted him and delivered his present, a new gleaming and dazzling blue toy car. He looked overjoyed and cheerful about his new present. It was thrilling to see him smile, but all I could think about was intense amount of pain this young boy was going through. I glanced over at his parents and thought about all the hard things they were going through as well. It made me rethink about how I would want to be treated if I were in his shoes. This made me realize how lucky I was to have all the blessings I have.
My outlook instantly changed the moment I set eyes on the little boy. Just hours ago, I had thrown a fit about having to go with my mother to deliver gifts at the Children’s Hospital, for I had been invited to go to Sky Zone and out for pizza with my cousins. I desperately wanted to go and play with my cousins and not be at the hospital. Seeing this little boy’s bright blue eyes, and sandy brown hair all matted up, and his arm attached to an IV made me realize that I needed to put myself in someone else’s place for once and not be so selfish. I decided to ask the child a question. This led to telling multiple stories, laughing, and having a lot of fun. I felt so blessed to be in that moment because I had made this young boy’s day. I peered back at his parents with a big grin on my face and in return they gave me a faint smile back. I realized that the power of happiness can change not just your outlook on the world but others’ outlooks too.
I learned that one positive moment can change a person, place, and event. I know now sometimes you are meant to be in a certain place where a warm smile and positive attitude will make someone else’s day. My attitude will be influenced in the future, because now I realize that attitude spreads fast. Your smile and positive attitude can change the world.