In the world of sports someone always has to keep score. At the end of the game someone always has to tally up how many assists the point guard made, how many strikeouts the pitcher threw, and how many fights a single hockey player got in. People have been keeping score for decades; it's just the "sport's lovers" way on how to do things.

Yesterday I was at the park and I saw a teen do a very admirable thing. She and her friend were walking around the park and she happened to pass by some trash that was on the ground. It was not hers and no one asked her to but she just happily picked up trash and threw it in the garbage. Just like that. No one asked her to, and no one was watching her to give her an award, she just went ahead and did it.

I am sure you are thinking big deal right? People pick up trash all the time. Don't they? Well it got me thinking, how many times has she done that? How much trash in the world has been picked up because of her? How many other people out there have been in my position that have witnessed her pick up trash to where it influenced them to be more like her and to follow in her footsteps and do the same thing?

What a ripple effect she has started and she doesn't even know what her impact was on others.

It reminds us that just because we think no one is watching us, that doesn't mean that no one is noticing what we are doing. That goes for all of the good things we are doing and all of the bad. Regardless, we should do good things like she did because we care about our planet and actually want to pick up the trash; not because we think there will be a reward waiting for us after we do it, or to get credit or recognition. For those are all of the wrong reasons as to why we should do good deeds.

Stop and reflect on your daily life for a minute. How many times do you do a good deed in a day? A week? How often have you given money or time to helping the homeless? When was the last time you picked up a piece of random trash? How often do you help kids or the elderly?

We have to be responsible for keeping a tally of our own daily actions for if we don't keep a tally on ourselves who else will?

Keeping score of our daily good deeds is just as important as keeping a tally of the points we scored in the championship game. In addition, it is also just as important to keep a tally of all the mistakes or bad deeds we may have done just like the errors in any game because, in the end, we have to hold ourselves accountable for our actions if we are ever going to try and improve.

If someone was keeping score of your life, what section would your tally marks most likely be in? What section would you want them to be in? I know if I was keeping score of that teen's life I would give her a tally for the trash, and another tally for the ripple effect she started.

• Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle "Mikey" Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at or

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