|| Children's Category 1st Prize
HARMONY IS MY WORLD
by Anastasia Rakava
Belarus, Age 11
and harmony are the most precious things that people have. In my
understanding, harmony can be of different kinds: harmony with people,
nature and animals, harmony with your own self.
I think each family must live in harmony. It makes no difference
if it is small or large. My family is not large but it is very harmonious.
We are a family of three: father, mother and I. It seems to me we
are a part of one thing. If we have some problems, we solve them
together. My father is an international route driver, and when he
is far from home, I miss him badly. I often ring him up though it
costs a lot of money. But I want to hear his voice, and it fills
me with comfort and peace. When father is not at home, it seems
to me that a part of us is far away. And it hurts me. But when we
are all at home, we are never bored. We make jokes, go shopping,
and visit our friends and relatives.
We have two pets at home. They are a dog-his name is Max, and a
kitten- his name is Levka. They are still very small. The dog is
only three months old and kitten is two. But in spite of their age,
they have become a part of our family, and we can't imagine our
life without them.
Harmony with nature in general is also very essential. Nature is
our mother and to live in harmony with it is our duty. We must protect
nature in every possible way; we must help it; we must first think
and then interfere into its life. People must always have in mind
the consequence of their activities, so as not to destroy fragile
nature's links. People who live in harmony with nature never offend
it; they always enjoy its beauty. Nature is admired all year round-in
spring, when it wakes up from its long winter sleep, when trees
and bushes put on fresh leaves, when gardens are blooming and birds
are singing their wonderful songs. In summer, we enjoy fields and
gardens full of flowers, we watch insects at their work, bees collecting
nectar, butterflies fluttering from flower to flower, dragonflies
dancing their magic dance in the sunshine. In winter, we are charmed
by sparkling snow and brilliant stars shining in the dark skies.
The snow and trees covered with snow seem unreal under the magic
light of full moon at frosty winter night. All these magic changes
of nature fill my soul with love, peace and harmony. I am so grateful
for my Mother Nature that it makes my life happy and enjoyable.
But as soon as nature's harmony is destroyed by man, the consequences
of it can be horrible. In this connection I can't but mention the
Chernobyl explosion that broke out in spring of 1986. I was not
born yet at that time, but know about it quite well as at present
time, all people of my land have to live through its consequences.
My native land suffered greatly. About 23 percent of the Belarusian
territory is contaminated with radioactive elements. People can't
grow crops in these areas; they can't gather either mushrooms or
berries in the forests. Life itself has become impossible there,
as invisible but very insidious danger is everywhere. Many people
left their homes and had to start their life anew. A lot of them
died or became invalids. The tragedy is going on. Radiation penetrated
into our soil, water and air. Many people have already suffered
from the radiation, but what is worse, our children and grandchildren
will suffer too from the irresponsible action taken by their grandfathers.
And I am so much afraid for my future life and for life of my children.
To live in harmonious with your inner self is not less important
than to live in harmony with other people and nature. I understand
it in the following way. If a person has to make a very important
choice to find a way out of a difficult situation, he should listen
to his inner voice. He should understand his inner world. If he
is a harmonic person, his choice will be right. He will make no
mistake. We should follow the call of our heart more often, then
we won't make tragic mistakes, because we are a part of nature and
nature won't let us down. But we must keep our eyes and ears and
heart open to it.
I am sure if harmony prevails in the world, our planet will live
a peaceful and happy life without wars, diseases and hunger. Children
will have a happy childhood, while their parents and grandparents
will lead a quiet life.
Let harmony prevail in the world. This is my greatest desire.