Read Sumaiyah's essay about how the smile of the young grocery bagger gave her hope for her soon-to-be-born sibling.
Read Nizhone's essay about his challenge of opening up to strangers and his commitment to keep trying.
Read Adam's essay about how he was humbled by the kindness of someone he would normally ignore in a depressing area of town.
Read Reyna's poem about a misunderstood young girl and a lonely old woman who find each other.
Akaya Windwood, president of the Rockwood Leadership Institute and author of "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," responds to essay winners of the Winter 2013 writing competition