Monday, March 14, 2011

Johnny Appleseed

Ah, yes.  March 11, Johnny Appleseed Day.  Not only did John Chapman, or Johnny Appleseed, introduce Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana to one of America’s favorite fruit, the apple.  He is also known for his kindness, generosity, the love he showed towards the planet, and his great optimism.

    I think that the reason he was so optimistic, is because of his attitude and love towards others.  He was selfless and that’s what brightened his day.  He dressed in the worst clothing possible, always bartering and giving away his better clothes.  In the summers, he went completely barefoot to save leather.

    He showed much concern for people, and animals as well.  He even cared for insects.  If a horse were to be put down, he would buy the horse and everything he needed to take care of it.  If mosquitos were flying into his fire, he would put out the fire, and was also a vegetarian.

    What if more of us tried to be like him?  What if we were selfless?