Wait a minute, but I’m not a teacher is what You may be thinking. Oh, YES YOU ARE!
Everybody is teaching somebody something at any given moment in time!;)
All of us by our choices, our speech, our conduct are teaching or setting some sort of example. I encourage YOU to think deeply and carefully about what exactly You are teaching? Are You personally setting a positive WELLNESS example?
IF You are a partner or parent or caregiver or friend or fragile life:
WOO-HOO and GOOD for YOU!:)
All of us can probably recall that 1 special teacher who(m) made an unforgettable positive difference in our lives?
The best teachers are usually the best students or disciples. The term “disciple” means “to learn” or to be a learner…”to grasp intellectually, analyze thoroughly” (on-line etymology)
“A disciple is not above his teacher, […] It is enough for the disciple to become as his teacher,” (Matthew 10:24)
Just a quick think of some teachers, a random, no particular order list comes to mind:
Jesus–(the sage of) peace/forgiveness
“Then Peter came up and said to him: “Lord, how many times is my brother to sin against me and am I to forgive him? Up to seven times?” Jesus said to him: “I say to you, not, Up to seven times, but to Up to seventy-seven times.”
“It ill becomes us to invoke in our daily prayers the blessings of God, the Compassionate, if we in turn will not practice elementary compassion toward our fellow creatures.”
Queen Esther–True beauty is inner qualities
Annie Sullivan–patience/Helen Keller
Laura Ingalls–little house lessons
“The things that people do would look so different to us if we only understood the reasons for their actions, nor would we blame them so much of their faults if we knew all the circumstances of their lives.” Laura Ingalls Wilder – from a newspaper article written in 1917
Miss Fidel–my kindergarten teacher
Mrs. Harrell–my son’s kindergarten teacher
Ron Clark–The Excellent Eleven (a great read!)
“The best way to create compassion within the classroom is to model that type of behavior yourself.” (pg. 135)
What behavior am I modelling? Compassion or violence? Is the behavior I am modelling having a positive impact on my partnership(s)?
Personally, I believe the best teachers have love and have humility. It takes humility to learn and to teach. The best teachers love what they teach. They love their students. They love to learn. What are You learning?…
Partners in a close relationship are able to teach one another and learn together. Those living with Partners who may be chronically ill, (for example my Hubby is living with Bipolar Disorder among other things) have lots of lessons in compassion. What lessons are You learning today and at the same time what lessons are You teaching today?!
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” Tom Stoppard
A Special THANK YOU to ALL (professional and otherwise) Teachers working hard to reach/benefit hearts and minds! Your work of Compassion is Much Appreciated and Needed!
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Last reviewed: 5 Oct 2013