There once was a beggar homeless woman that sold muffins on the corner every day to make money. Each day she would put out her cardboard sign that said, "Muffins 5 cents" and a little tin to collect her money.
One day a businessman walked by in his fancy suit and polished shoes. He looked down and saw this poor beggar and put a nickle in her tin. When she handed him a muffin he waved it off and said, "Have a good day."
This became a regular occurrence between the beggar and the businessman. Any time he walked by he would drop a nickle into her tin, say, "Have a good day." and continue on to work. This happened for weeks, months, who knows maybe even years until one day the man walked by and notice her sign had changed. Where it once had said 5 cents had been crossed out and now it read 10 cents. He smiled at her, dropped his nickle into her tin and said, "Have a nice day." Within a few seconds as the man was walking down the street he heard the beggar woman running after him calling, "Sir! Sir!" And when she finally reached him she grabbed his arm and said, "I don't think you saw my sign, the muffins are now 10 cents."
Often times us punk teenagers think that the world revolves us. We think that everyone is here to serve us. How often is it that people make sacrifice for us or it happens so much that we don't even notice.
But why? What benefit is it for us to notice all the wonderful things that people are doing for us? What value does it add to our lives?
Here is a video that shows the value:
I could easily look out at you and say "Be Happy." I mean you are 15 years old, your life doesn't get any easier than this. But I get it, from my past experience of being a teacher of 15 year olds I know that many of you are going through hard things that I don't know about or maybe can't even imagine. And the rest of you... I understand, at 15 a zit on your forehead can be pretty traumatic. So rather than just tell you to be happy, I love this video because it shows you are way that no matter what's going on in your life you can be happy. It reminds me of another of my favorite stories,
Once there was a set of twins. Although the twins were identical they acted completely different. One was always happy the other always sad. They wanted to do a test to try and better understand these twins. They put the grumpy twin in a room full of the most wonderful toys imaginable. Within minutes of entering the room the twin started breaking the toys complaining that they weren't the right size, color, or style. The researchers tried to think of the worst thing they could do to the happy twin. The put the happy twin in a room completely empty except a huge pile of manure. Within seconds of the twin entering the room they heard the twin giggling. When they entered the room they found the twin right in the middle of the pile digging around in the manure. When they asked the twin, the twin said, "With all this manure there must be a pony somewhere!"
Sure, we can't change our circumstances sometimes but we can do things to make us happy.