“Be the one who nurtures and builds. Be the one who has an understanding and a forgiving heart one who looks for the best in people. Leave people better than you found them.” ~Marvin J. Ashton
What we choose to see in life reflects who we are. Attitude is everything. Attitude is also a choice. Do you see the bright side of life or do you wallow in the depths of negativity?
Think back to when you were in school…how much did your teacher’s view of you affect your behavior? A student always feels the teacher’s attitude toward him/her. I remember having teachers who scoffed at me. In turn, I withdrew. Then I had teachers who invested in me. Those were the mentors I destined to please.
A few weeks ago my mother gave me an elementary report card she found stashed away. Oh, the horrors! I remember being an excellent student, in fact, number ten in my high school graduating class…I had forgotten I was once “not liked”. The power of love from the teacher I had the following year vanished those feelings of not being good enough.
Apparently, according to my report card that is, I “never worked to my potential” because I” refused to concentrate on any task at hand” and “rushed through the process”. My creative writing was unsatisfactory because my handwriting was sloppy. I excelled at spelling, but the fact I rushed through my work didn’t make it a strong point. I read several grades above my level, but since I read fast I couldn’t possibly comprehend to the extent I should. (All of these are notes written by my teacher.)My math was satisfactory. No farther notation, however the chart showed I was working two grade levels above my grade. (I went to a school where we worked on an individual ability basis.) I remember not really liking this teacher though she was well liked by many of the other little girls.
The following year I had a teacher who introduced me to poetry. She never cursed my handwriting. She encouraged my creative writing. Somehow math was lost to me at that point as the world of words took over my life. I wanted more than anything to please this teacher. Luckily for me, she moved up with me and I had her a second year. The same thing happened in high school; I had my writing mentor teach me for two consecutive years. I have remained in touch with these two teachers to this day.
What if these wonderful teachers had not crossed my path? I shudder to think of my self-esteem or what path I might have chosen to follow.
You might not teach for a living, but your thoughts are reflected through your actions. Someone is watching you. You are teaching someone something every day. Your attitude can make or break them. You have the power to encourage and develop the best in them. You also have the power to bring out their worst, to crush their dreams. Use your power wisely. You might be the one person who makes a difference in someone else’s life.