A Woman Who I Admire

A Woman Who I AdmireBy Benjamin Sweeney

Over half of the people in the world are women. There are so many women who I admire, including my two grandmothers, my teacher, and my aunts. There is one special woman who I admire most. That special woman is my mom, Deborah Sweeney. Some of the reasons I admire my mom include her intelligence, her kindness, her hard work and her great attitude.

My mom is a very smart person. She helps me with my homework when I am having trouble with it. My mom also helps me with my after school class, Kumon. Even though the questions that she helps with are hard, she makes it look easy. My mom also went to great colleges including UC Irvine and Pepperdine and she owns a big company.



Half Full or Half Empty?

Half Full or Half Empty?Life is unquestionably half full. Expecting good things to happen will lead to taking actions that produce positive outcomes. I believe that we should recognize that every day we wake up and know that our glass is half full.

My mom told me about a fable where a frog falls into a bucket of milk. Rather than giving up and drowning, the frog optimistically kicked and kicked trying to get out. He remained calm and tried to find a solution. He kicked and kicked and swam and kicked until he was able to hop out because the milk turned to butter! I interpret this to mean that if you are pessimistic and give up; you will essentially “drown.” However, if you believe in yourself, you can do anything.

As demonstrated in the picture above it is impossible for the glass to be half empty. It is either half full or completely full.

If we look at situations as half full or challenges as opportunities, we will discover that optimism is a way of life. The glass is, in fact, half full.


Do Kids Have Too Much Stuff?

Do Kids Have Too Much Stuff?By Benjamin Sweeney

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”  – Socrates

Computers, gizmos, gadgets, iPods, iPads, iPhones, basketballs, goalie gloves, soccer balls, PlayStations, Wiis, the list goes on! There are so many things that kids have. Sometimes they don’t even realize they have it! Therein lies the irony. Everyone wants more, but many times, less is more.

Less “stuff” yields a better imagination. That is a hard sentence to type because I have a lot of stuff. My mom always says less is more. Interestingly, I recently saw a Lexus commercial that said, “more is more” and that is the pursuit of perfection. However, I am inclined to believe my mom. Less is more!

“Less is more” brings individual satisfaction. When you have too much, you savor nothing. Let’s say you get a new toy each week. What is special about that? You are probably thinking that getting a new toy every week is special, but it is not. Getting an occasional new toy is better because that toy can be enjoyed.

What is ‘simplicity?’ Simplicity may be considered complex. However, it is really rather simple. It is the decision to limit our external wealth so we have greater internal wealth. Fewer things mean more happiness. A “life with less” often means more time with friends, more time with family, more community, more socializing, and more activity. Less stuff is the secret to happiness.