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Keep an Open Mind
Minds are like parachuts; they won't work unless they're open.
Jennifer Leigh Youngs
A Teen's Guide To Living Drug Free
What's the use of a parachute that won't open? It allows for only one possibilityand not a very bright one at that. So keep your mind in working orderkeep it open. How can you have a broader vision of life if you refuse to raise your eyes and look at a new horizon? How can you hear new aides if you don't listen to them? You are a student of life: Open your mind to a world of greater wisdom, knowledge and new ideas. Read broadly, have discussions about current events with interesting and diverse friends, watch educational programs, open yourself to others who are bright, "with it" and who you know have "sage" advice. When you do these things, your mind stays openand you're sure to land safely as the winds of life take you into a world of greater possibilities.
Taste-berry promise for the day: I will discuss current events with my friends.
Learn from Your Mistakes
I've made mistakes in the past, and I want to learn from them and not repeat them.
Andrew Philip Kegley, 15
Taste Berries for Teens #3
Have you ever been caught cheating, telling a "white lie" or been pulled over to the side of the road by a police officer? All are consequences of having made some bad decisions. Still, these "mistakes" can be used to become a better person. How? By vowing not to repeat a "poor decision" and by learning from the mistakes you've made. Ask yourself: What are the lessons this taught me? What amends do I need to make? How can I use what I've learned to become a better person? What is the biggest mistake you've ever made, and what is the lesson you learned? In what ways are you now a "better" person for having learned from your mistake?
Taste-berry promise for the day: I will journal on the two most important lessons I've learned from my biggest mistake.
The Courage to Do the Right Thing
Have the courage to do what is right all the time.
Nancy Robins, 14
More Taste Berries for Teens
Have you ever gone to an activity, such as an ice-skating rink or the fair, where the price of admission goes up right at your age? It would be easy to say you were a year younger and save a lot of moneythat's what all of your friends are doing. What would you do? Oftentimes it takes true courage to do what is right, especially when it means not going along with the crowd. If you've been in a similar situation, you know it can be tough to do the right thing. Do it anyway. Your friends will come to know you as someone who has the courage to do what is right. And it may be that your modeling this courage for them assures that you won't be the only one "doing what is right" the next time!
Taste-berry promise for the day: I will look in the mirror and tell myself, "I commit to doing what I know is right."
Like every drop of water that is needed to make a container full, each of us must do our part in seeing that we create a peaceful world.
Michelle Langowski, 17
Taste Berries for Teens #3
Imagine if every person on the planet was committed to peace. Imagine a world where there were no wars or any violence. Imagine if each and every one of us practiced peace in our homes, in our schools, at our work, in our communities, in our heartsall the time. Imagine if each and every person was committed to being a taste berry to the whole of humanityeach one praying for peace, each studying and practicing ways to be culturally sensitive to others. It's a choice we each can make. When you live in peace, you help create this vision of peace in the world. Can you calculate the number of lives you've touchedpossibly even changedby being a peaceful person? Believe that your peaceful actions have power. Dare to dream of creating the peaceful world of your imagination.
Taste-berry promise for the day: I will be an "ambassador of peace" by learning all I can about other cultures in order to help promote peace.
See the Best in Others
I've come to the conclusion that jumping to conclusions is a total waste of time.
Tom Pierson, 16
Taste Berries for Teens
Have you ever thought someone didn't like you because she never spoke to you, and later found out she was just shy? Did you hear the new student at school had been kept back a year, and assumed he or she wasn't a good studentthen found out that this person had been very ill and had to miss school? Have your friends ever stopped talking when you walked into the room, and you thought that they were talking behind your backonly to discover later that they'd been planning a surprise party for you? It's so important not to jump to conclusions or make assumptions. Feelings could get hurtincluding your own. And, of course, there's the very real possibility your assumptions aren't anywhere close to what is really going on. The "taste-berry" conclusion is always one that sees the best in othersand also waits for all the facts.
Taste-berry promise for the day: I will see the best in myself and others.
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