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Thankful day 29-spirit

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Today I'm thankful for the human spirit.

I'm thankful we are resilient, that we can weather almost anything thrown at us, that things can cause us to bend and not break. Today I'm thankful that you can touch even the darkest soul with a little caring.

My wonderful grandmother used to say "there is a little bad in the best of us, and a little good in the worst of us".

I had to have a meeting with my 'kids' in the current group this morning- they have been less than appreciative- downright disrespectful and snarky and it was getting easy to feel jaded about who they were- and any hope for their lives to be different. But sitting down with them, telling them that while a lot of the world has given up on them already- I haven't. We haven't. I could see little lights going on in their eyes. I don't think very many people tell them they are smart, capable, amazing.

We don't do anything magical, but I'm proud of my teachers for caring. I'm grateful for the people in the world who want to make something better.

Today I'm thankful for the very bright light that even some jaded spirits can give off if they are given a chance.

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  • _KATHY
    Indeed. And Thank you for what you do.
    1905 days ago

    I hope you never forget the importance of what you do. 30+ years ago, my high school counselor sat with me while I cried about my situation at home and told me that I was important and that I could help others. It was a turning point for me. It also happened to be those students with obvious troubles [and I word it that way, because doesn't everyone?] that gravitated to my classroom, so I hope perhaps that I paid it forward.

    1905 days ago
    You and your program are just awesome!
    1905 days ago
    Beautiful message.
    1905 days ago
    I wish all young people had a mentor in their lives like the kind you are to your "kids". You're one in a million, and I'm grateful to know you.
    1905 days ago
    Lovely blog. Thank you for reminding me what is really important today. Love YOU
    1905 days ago
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