Opinion

It pays to be loving, caring

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May 31, 2018

Shepparton Christian College Year 12 student Jessica Fenby.

By Jessica Fenby

It’s funny, and possibly even a little bit sad how when someone is going through a hard time, they tend to forget that people around them are also going through something difficult. But then, when that person is going through a good time, they cannot see that other people might not be.

Many people forget about those around them. They forget that people live their own lives.

You know those people that you walk or drive past?

They’re trying to get somewhere, just like you, and they go home every night, just like you.

I feel that sometimes we are all so lost in our own little bubble.

So I’ve decided to challenge everyone who reads this or hears about it, to remember that as much as we need to look out for ourselves, we have an obligation to love and look out for everyone around us as well.

‘‘Love your neighbour as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.’’ Mark 12:31.

When you love someone, you care about what is going on in his or her life, and realise that they have tough situations going on as well.

On that note, you cannot just expect someone to open up to you completely and tell you everything that is wrong in his or her life, which takes trust.

One of my friends told me that life can be tough, but life elsewhere can be tougher.

What she means by that is we should be thankful for the things we have, like government funding, being able to have an education, health funding, access to clean water and healthy food.

Living in Australia is such an amazing privilege and opportunity and even though there are tough situations and negative things that affect our lives, we need to keep a positive attitude.

I’m not sure how many of you read my ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ article at the start of the term, but in it, I wrote about how we need to constantly keep a positive attitude and in doing so, we actually begin to see the world positively and even develop a thick skin to the troubles thrown our way.

We can also become an inspiration for those around us.

Besides, it’s such a nice, warm feeling when you smile at someone who isn’t in the best mood and they begin to smile back, because of you.

Jessica Fenby is in Year 12 at Shepparton Christian College.

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