By Sarit Hara I am always sad because I am not talented. But, I tried lots of things such as art, knitting, swimming, basketball, football, gymnastics and doing nails. So, one day my aunt came and asked me to do her hair. I said, “I am not good at it.” She said, “Just try.” So, I did and it came out beautiful. I realized that it was always there for me. I have a talent. It’s all from Hashem. If you can’t find what you are good at, you should never give up because you are going to find it.
By Nechama Gitty Shapiro Among our friends there were a lot of fights with each other and other people. However, this girl somehow managed not to be in a single fight. More than this, she always broke up the fight instead of walking away. I always wanted to follow her instead of the girls who have nice shoes, clothing. This is the girl I want to be.
By Chani Brodt Suri was the only one who wasn’t playing. We were all playing elimination by recess. But she was sitting on the side looking upset. I got out after a couple of minutes and I went over to sit next to her. I asked her what was wrong and she told me she got a very bad mark on her test. I was surprised; Suri was one of the smartest kids in class. So, I told her she should stop worrying about it, that she shouldn’t be so upset. There will be other tests to bring her average back up. I also told her that she had so many good things going for her. She was so talented. She could dance and sing and draw really well. She had so many friends. After I told her all this, she seemed to feel better. She told me, “Thanks” and got up to join the game. I saw that we had started a new elimination game so I got up and followed her.
By Malka Nussbaum Elana lives on a nice block. She has loads of girls her age on her block. Some are her friends and others are not really nice to her. They fill her life with misery. They make fun of her, do pranks on her, etc. The tormenting is non-stop and definitely not going to change any time soon. When they make fun of her and torment her, Elana fells horrible. She thinks, “How could people possibly be so mean, throwing garbage on your porch, scaring you. How could neighbors be so tough?” But, then, Elana thinks abut how she changed over the year. The fighting only helped her grow. She realized how much she matured and is now able to handle tough people. And even though some neighbors drive her crazy, Hashem wants this. He wants Elana to strengthen herself. He wants her to realize how much she has so she has some bad neighbors. A few weeks ago, Elana had another problem with her sibling. Her sister, Tamar, was trying to break her necklace that she got for her birthday. Elena just kept calm and cool, the same technique she uses with her neighbors and soon, as if by magic, her sister stopped. She realized that her ‘problem ‘ with her neighbors is not really a ‘problem’ because it’s all for the best!
By Rena Gross One time, I got a kidney infection for weeks. In those weeks, I missed my class play, I slept through my brother’s wedding. I was very upset that I slept through my brother’s wedding and that I missed my play but I got over it. It is very good to get over things. It’s always good to look at the positive. That’s how I moved on. It’s always good to live for the present. You don’t have to look at the future. You don’t’ know what will happen in the future.
It’s very good getting good grades, going on trips, but this is all temporary. Real happiness will be with you forever: family, friends, etc. Games and grades will keep you happy for about 5 minutes. After this you will move on to another thing. “The more you get the more you want.” Be happy with what you have, that is the true happiness!
By Terri Saka The bus was beeping and Leah was rushing to catch the bus. When she got outside, the bus already left. Leah was running so fast that she tripped in the mud. She just shook it off and she caught up to the bus. When she got to school, someone was making fun of her. Leah pretended like she didn’t hear it. In math, she got her test back and she got 65%. She was very mad on the inside but on the outside she still had her positive attitude. The rest of the day she was happy on the inside and outside. This shows when someone is having a bad day you can stay in a bad mood on the inside but always be happy on the outside. What do you know? Your day might just get better.