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"Stop, Look, and Listen."

Original post made by Christina Owen, Palo Alto High School, on Jun 8, 2009

Another high school student's life was tragically cut short last week on the train tracks near our home, making this the second in one month and the third in our community this school year. Every time I cross the tracks, I worry about our teenagers not understanding how incredibly short life is. When I was in high school and college I had many dark and depressing days. To combat this feeling of hopelessness, I discovered hundreds of little ways to reach out to other people, especially when I felt there was not one thing to look forward to. I don't know exactly where the idea to serve came from, but it saved my life.

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Posted by Misha
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 14, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Misha is a registered user.

Dear Christina ~

This is one of the most thoughtful, positive, and productive comments I have seen in response to the recent tragedies. Thank you.

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Posted by Mary D
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 4, 2014 at 12:46 am

I am resurrecting this article as it is inspirational. It reminds me that even simple actions can make a positive difference in our own life and in the lives of others. We may feel powerless to stop the terrible events in the news, however it is within our power to help make our world a better place to live.

Thanks, Christina, for spreading your message of hope.

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Posted by Been There
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 4, 2014 at 10:32 am

Thanks for resurrecting this, Mary D. It's written so well in a non-preachy format. I wonder if this is the Christina Owen who works at Paly now. It's true, acts of kindness makes us feel good. Bravo to Christina for figuring it out because my life was filled with loneliness in high school.