Thursday, April 2, 2009

I Believe...

On my way to work yesterday, NPR was featuring one of the essays from their "This I Believe" segment. This particular essay was written by Tarak McLain, just 6 years old. He wrote this piece as an assignment for his class, who were instructed to bring in "100 things". Some brought cans and other objects, but Tarak wrote a list of 100 "I Believe" statements. The list made me tear up. The innocence that children have to believe the beautful things that they belive is something of which I am so envious. Below is a link to the segment. SO worth a listen! Thanks NPR.

Thirty Things I Believe by Tarak McLain

For those without time to listen, here is a sneak peek. But i'd rather you listen!
I believe life is good.
I believe God is in everything.
I believe we're all equal.
I believe we can help people.
I believe everyone is weird in their own way.
I believe hate is a cause for love.
I believe that when I meditate I feel peaceful.
I believe we should be generous.
I believe brothers and sisters should be kind to each other.
I believe kids should respect their parents.
I believe I should not whine.
I believe people should wake up early.
I believe people should go outside more.
I believe in nature.
I believe people should use less trees.
I believe we should help the Arctic and rainforest animals.
I believe people shouldn't throw litter on the ground.
I believe people should not smoke.
I believe God is in good and bad.
I believe in magic.
I believe people should not give up.
I believe love is everywhere.
I believe that God helps us to have a good time.
I believe we live best in a community.
I believe we can protect people in danger.
I believe we should help the poor.
I believe it's OK to die but not to kill.
I believe war should not have started.
I believe war should stop.
I believe we can make peace.

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