Monday, December 17, 2012
This does not deal directly with diet and health; on the other hand, it does.
I'll keep this short, since words are really inadequate. I am a history teacher, a parent, and a human being. I've been very touched and saddened by the Newtown shootings. Truly it was a slaughter of the innocents, one that tore at the heart of so many families, a community, and this nation.
I have decided that my own way to honor the victims will be to take their memory to fuel my passion for teaching. I will teach like the world depends on it, which in a small sense, maybe it does, one student at a time - and for my own reshaping, one class at a time. This is not so much for the facts I teach, although facts can matter, but for what students will take with them in 10 or 20 years, which I think will be more the ways of thinking and empathizing that I hope I convey and transmit, and for the experience itself, of preparing one's mental and emotional skills to make the world a better place.
The Sandy Hook Elementary School teachers and school principal were all deeply committed to their students, and sacrificed themselves to try and save their students' lives. I feel this is the best way I can use the gifts that I have been given to show my respect for their passion, commitment, and courage. I only hope I can measure up to their example.
To bring this back to health issues: isn't this an example of why everyone on Spark is trying to get healthy? Not just to live longer, but to be able to make a difference?
May we all persevere on our journeys to health, and find our unique ways to make that difference.