Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Be the Better Person

My writing professor shared a story in class that really caught my attention and heart. She told us about how when she was in fourth grade, she and her girlfriends would tease one girl in their group who was known to be a bit silly.

One night, at a sleepover, they decided to play a joke on the girl and told her to stay in a room, count all the numbers she knew and only then would she be able to exit and join the rest. As my professor told the story, she choked up.

"What a mean thing to do."

My professor's mother went to the room where she found the girl who had already counted to 500.

Several years later, my professor had fallen ill and was hospitalized for about a week. As she told the class the next part of the story, there were tears in her eyes. She told us that she received cards every single day from the girlfriend whom she once teased.

"I can't help but look back in regret that I wasn't the one who gave the card, but the one who teased. I want to be that person. I want to be the person who gives the card. What a better person to be."

My professor remarked that indeed, we all do wrong when we are young, but there is no justification for being mean - not age, not anything. She shared the story so candidly, and it really made me reflect upon my actions in the past and present.

No matter the context, I always want to be the one who gives the card, the one who is kind, the one who loves.

Be the better person.