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양원준

태평양 나무 / 필리핀 가지 / 양원준 (11학년)
 

“Dream, Challenge, and Change”
Sometimes, a mere book like this one can give you so much. It can teach us something that we cannot gain by reading Shakespeare or something like that. This children’s book, barely 70 pages with numerous pictures, gave me a great insight. To begin with, I’ve never read a book that represents my motto this well. My motto, “Dream, Challenge, and Change”, was just shown by a protagonist named Toto. Being a poor man, he didn’t have an opportunity to achieve his dream of becoming the finest chef in the world; however, this economic barrier didn’t stop him from challenging himself to change for the better. 

Just like the protagonist, I have a dream. I have a dream to change the world. And from all the training I have received, I knew that the quickest way to change the world is to change myself. By changing my thoughts, my actions change, and when my actions change, there will be a good flow that starts from me. This flow changes people around me and people around those people, and it will ultimately result in changing the world.

When I changed myself, I started to see things differently. I began to find thankfulness that I hadn’t seen before, and I started to act differently. And as I was getting used to these changes, I saw how dirty our cafeteria was after the study halls. Before, I used to blame people who threw their trash away and didn’t clean it, but that day, I decided to clean it myself. My logic was simple. Someone will have to clean them, then why can’t it just be me? After I cleaned the cafeteria for the first time at the beginning of September, I felt really happy. Therefore, I did it the day after, the day after, and so on. 

After a week, my friends Sunghyun and Sera joined me, saying they wanted to serve too. I was very grateful as I couldn’t clean the whole cafeteria by myself. They are still my partners, and I want to borrow this opportunity and thank them. Weeks passed, and there was another change. Some of the 9th graders decided to join the good flow that my friends and I were making. As time passed, more people volunteered, and now, more than 25 of our students are using their time to serve our school. And I think that is pretty awesome.

There are many things I learned from this experience. First, I learned how good it feels to serve and help others. To me, sharing and helping others is what makes my life meaningful. Not only does it give me some sense of accomplishment, but it also makes me so happy to see the smiley faces of people who I shared with or helped. I will continue sharing what I have, and I will keep on sacrificing myself to serve others. Because as long as I do, I will live a meaningful life. 

Secondly, love should be based on everything we do. 1 Corinthians chapter 13 says: “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clamming cymbal.” As I cleaned the cafeteria, there were just times that I wasn’t able to love those who made a huge mess. Those days, I wasn’t able to enjoy the cleaning, and I didn’t feel good after I finished cleaning. Now, every time that I am tempted to complain or fail to love others, I always try to think of that verse, and I slow down for a minute. When I am ready to love again, I take a deep breath and start my work again. We must remember that love is what makes our actions worthy.

Lastly, goodness is a flow that we make. I still cannot believe that so many friends of mine decided to step up to change the school. But it is more amazing that this started just from a small action. It even influenced our Chinese friends to clean their own mess and even help us clean the cafeteria. I still can’t forget the day one of the Chinese students helped with our cleaning.

You know, every one of our actions changes our community. Your one word can change your class or even the school. Is it a good change or a bad change? Is it a good harmony or a bad harmony? That is up to you. Look around you and see what you can do for others.
Let’s make a good flow together!