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Pay Attention

teachersWhen you think of teachers and their importance in your life, you want to think of them in a good way.  After all, you spend a significant part of your childhood in classrooms with these people.  The teachers in my life have made both positive and negative impacts on me.   Continue reading

Great People Make Great Teachers

teachersI was taught at an early age that teachers were meant to be respected. All through grade school, I had teachers that I felt positive about. I loved school and identified with each of them. In elementary school, I looked up to our music teacher. She was very positive and taught us to be proud of ourselves and our voices.  Continue reading

Needed to be Heard

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Teachers have a great impact on your life.  Unfortunately, I can remember only some negative incidents with teachers in my past. I feel this was unfortunate.  I was shy for the most when I was younger especially while in a group. If a problem came up I never seemed to be able to stand up for myself. Continue reading

Make It Interesting

  As a teacher myself, you would think perhaps that I wanted to be a teacher because I was inspired by all the wonderful teachers I had growing up–not so much.

Well, maybe I was inspired by one very special teacher–nope.

As a matter of fact, I went to the counseling center in college to figure out what to major in. I scored the highest in my affinity to careers in education or as a YWCA/YMCA director. I was maybe not inspired, but at least open to education because of shows like Electric Company, ZOOM, and Hodgepodge Lodge. Learning could be fun…

When I explored the education options more specifically, I thought of teaching elementary education standing at a big chalkboard and kids sitting at desks in rows. Arghhh.

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Learn From Yesterday

Have you ever had the question in your head, “What has this taught me?”  That’s how I tend to look at my younger self.  As Walt Disney once said – “The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.” Continue reading

Time Heals?

time heals“Time heals all wounds”…I’ve given some thought to this famous quote and decided that it is a harmful “old wives” tale.

My perspective is based on personal experience. Having lived more than a half-century. I have a wealth of experiences under my belt that have harmed, hurt, or negatively influenced me in one way or another. 

What I can say for time, with regard to healing emotional pain is that it serves two purposes. but falls short in one major way… Continue reading

It All Counts

time mattersWith the passing of time, I realize that time is not infinite. I have often thought that if I wasted a day, it was no big deal. I now realize that it all counts. I need to value my time and make sure that I accomplish items of progress each day. Continue reading

I Feel Good

I can choose to be happy. 

It all started when I was a child. Every Saturday, Michelle and I would do our housekeeping chores. But we would have additional cleaning responsibilities if we were having guests or before holidays. During those times, mom would be present and I remember these times well. 

She would explain the importance and urgency of the chores. I think my sister and I were low on the continuum of “buy-in”. Then to encourage us, before turning us loose, Mom would always, always say, “Alright girls, let’s get this house cleaned up…and let’s have fun!”

I don’t think this actually worked in my child’s mind, but it has affected me deeply in adulthood.

You see, I know I get to choose my happiness–or not. It all depends on the thoughts I purposefully think.

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

happy lifeI feel that in my life there appear to be so many unhappy people.  There are so many bad things going on in the world around us and I am sure that contributes to a lot of concern and unhappiness for a lot of people.  Now, on the other hand, I feel you can choose how you are going to handle your life.  You can choose to be happy or sad. Having a positive or happy attitude can get you through just about anything. Continue reading