Sunday, August 26, 2012

Nose to the Grindstone

“When He saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then He said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:36-38).

Tomorrow is the first day of school. As one of the many “laborers”, say a little prayer for those of us who are back in the trenches, hoping to do some good in the world.

 And to my fellow teachers: kids want to learn. Surprisingly, they want to please us, even the ones who pretend otherwise. Look for good in them with unwavering fury; it might be like finding a needle in a haystack, but when you make the discovery it is gold. And then tell them. Tell them they are awesome and lovely and smart and funny. Laugh with them. Smile at them. Be supportive. It’s hard to declare war on someone who likes you. And above all else, remember:
“Be kind. For everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” -- Plato

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