Appreciation

By Nina Combs

It is human nature to have flaws; may it be forgetfulness, being a complete scatterbrain *cough*, or overthinking. Of all of these, though, the worst pit to fall is to lose sight of what’s right in front of you. The biggest flaw someone can have is a loss of insight into their surroundings. But do not let yourself be deceived by this, this flaw is the fault of the person with it and that no one else. It is always a good idea to take a step back and appreciate the wonders of life so that you can see your situation, and problems, from a clearer perspective. Fortunately, Foreign Language week presents itself as a great opportunity to practice this appreciation. It is a chance to be grateful for your education, and to learn about other cultures teaching you that your way of may not be the be-all end-all way of doing things. It is eye opening to conclude that what may seem completely foreign to you can be all another person has ever known. It is far too easy forget that other people have different traditions and different perspectives. Far too easy to become close minded and cold to new ways of thought and life. The most important thing to do is to always have an open-minded attitude and a willingness to learn. This can earn you a new perspective on life, improving your situation and opening your eyes to your surroundings in new and meaningful ways.

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