Virtuous Gratitude

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"We are hardly ever grateful for a fine clock or watch when it goes right, and we pay attention to it only when it falters, for then we are caught by surprise. It ought to be the other way about." - Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, 4th Earl

Born and raised in Detroit since 1992, I have grown to see the many changes that has occurred since my return from living in Kalamazoo. The schools I attended have been abandoned or demolished, leaving only memories and rubble. The local playgrounds, stores, and churches, have been left behind to deteriorate as well. Employment opportunities are limited, and funds to support those in need are restricted. Our community has suffered greatly from the economic recession, and has allowed the very roots of positive foundations that stem the successful paths of great individuals to deteriorate and wither away. However, these foundations can be re-established if the actions by the people can flourish with gratitude and appreciation in order to rebuild our community, and it's resources. For some, it may be school, church, work, or even after-school programs that has helped others grow and develop into positive individuals, whose actions are influenced by their gratitude. My gratitude stems from resourceful and rewarding foundations such as my family, work experience, and Youthville.

The economy's unpredictable ups and downs proclaim in our bittersweet memories, the encouragement, discipline, and support, that my family values. My parents were never perfect, but they did their best in their acts of discipline by helping me develop a good conscience and a strong intuition. The encouragement that accompanied the development of my self-conscious has helped me overcome many obstacles in my departure, and my return. The unconditional love and support from my family has only made me grateful, and humble in my accomplishments. These family values has helped me become interdependent, as I balance work and school in an...
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