By Jason O.
When I was five, I lost my grandmother. And though I was going through a tough time, I also knew God had my back and would help me get through any challenge. Life is full of unexpected challenges that everyone goes through; It does not matter if you are religious or not, you will still experience a tough time. I went through so much that I thought things would never get better. It took me over two years, but I finally realized that if I wanted a better future for myself and for my family and friends, I would need to put in the work.
So, I started practicing virtuous living, using the life principle. I started helping others whenever it was possible. I did not laugh at or make fun of another person’s mistakes and I did not use sarcasm or put-downs. I used my good manners and allowed others to go first. I took responsibility for all of my actions, and I apologized to everyone I have ever hurt. I’ve still got one more person to apologize to, and I’m waiting till I get out to do it. I will show them that I have grown up, and am now becoming a man.
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