A Letter to James

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Dear James,

  I don't know how your letter found it's way to the library, was it left there by you, or was it passed along by another stranger who read it? Either way, I found it intriguing so I thought I would try to respond. First, I know how it feels to move away from all of your familiar surroundings, when I was young my Dad was an up & coming manager of textile factories. As a result, I was in kindergarten in 2 different cities (actually 2 different States) 1st grade in another, second grade in another, 3-5th grades in another you get the picture. While it was kinda traumatic at the time, I think it taught me alot of independence, since I was always leaving my friends behind, I had to learn to rely on myself.

Starting your 3rd semester in college.... ah what I wouldn't give to be in your shoes. Enjoy every moment of it, it only comes around once.

So you're hoping for a letter that will change your opinion of people, well I doubt that mine will be the one. But for what it's worth, I'm probably twice your age (though you'd never know it by how I act) and over the years I've always tried to live by the "Golden Rule" you know, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It has served me well over the years and while I may not have changed the world, I've changed alot of tiny parts of it, and I think thats how most of us will make our mark.

Courtesy, kindness, civility, charity, hope... these are the things that change the world. There are so many seemingly meaningless things that change the world in tiny little ways... saying "please" and "thankyou", saying "hello" or "good morning" to strangers on the street, holding the door for someone, remembering a birthday or anniversary that someone casually mentioned, talking thru a friends problems with them. Little things that make someone elses day better, and amazingly, make yours better too, are the building blocks of better times.

Now don't get me wrong, if you have the answer to world peace, by all means blurt it out, but if you don't, change the little parts of the world that you can.

Best of Luck,


Created: Nov 16, 2010


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