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Friday, August 31, 2012

Another Take on Joy

One of the Teachfearlessly readers suggested my recent post on Joy and Wonderment left out the spiritual aspect of joy.

I believe the August 31st daily read from My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers, addresses this concern. Please click HERE to read.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Joy and Wonderment

Joy and Wonderment, the point of life.

Joy in those gifts we hold in our hands, hearts and minds. Wonderment in the glimpses of that which is just beyond our grasp.  We share what we can and keep what we must. Sharing multiplies the joy, reserving maintains its uniqueness.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Honesty without Fear -- Where Does it Go?

Have you ever been in Whole Foods where they provide self-serve free samples? Well, as I was making my first trip around the store--apples, plums, gouda cheese--I happened by the potato chip tray. All previous free samples had the toothpick as the utensil of choice. But the chip tray sported a spoon. You know the kind. The one chained to the sample table. The one designed to allow precisely 1 chip to balance in the bowl and if you go for more you lose the whole load. The spoon that 1500 previous samplers have touched. I do not use those spoons! So I simply reached in and grabbed a chip. From behind me I heard this sweet little voice say, "You didn't use the spoon."

I turned and saw the cutest little 4-year old looking up at me. She looked me in the eye and simply said again, "You didn't use the spoon." And she said it in a tone that betrayed neither judgment nor righteous indignation. To her it was simply an observation of something done incorrectly.

What could I say? She was absolutely right.  What I did say was, "You are right. Thank you. Next time I will use the spoon." (Thanks to her, there will be no next time. I do not use those spoons.)

By this time her mother had pretended as long as she could that she did not hear her daughter calling out a complete stranger for his improper etiquette. She turned and gave a sheepish smile. So I said, "Don't you just love honesty without fear. Where does it go?"

And that's my question for me and for you.  Honesty without fear: As we grow older, where does it go?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Summer's End

Among the many great professions out there, I am glad I get to teach.
Who else gets to spend 180 days shaping the character and the mind of another person? And not just one other, but 150 others. Who else gets to know 150 kids so well that you know the instant they walk into your room whether there is something going on in their lives, and whether it's positive or negative?
We get to create a field of play from which they can learn, laugh, and grow. We get to change thought patterns and character traits. We get to build constructive habits and productive attitudes.
Who else gets to do this?  Who else gets to touch the hearts and minds of tomorrow every today?
We do! No one else does. No other profession, no other industry. Just us. How cool is that? We teach. That's what we do. 
And how, exactly, is it we get to do this? It is because of all the other great professions out there.   Thank you!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Monday, August 6, 2012

The 4 B's of Living

These are my 4 B's of living:
Be kind.
Be loving.
Be generous.
Be grateful.

There are many more. What are some of yours?