A friend of mine shared this post on Facebook. I was quite inspired by it and very impressed by what she does and her wisdom. So, I asked permission to share it.
IMAGINE IF YOU WILL:
*Being a first grader lucky enough to have a teacher who cares about you and loves you this much. She wants these children to learn, grow, succeed, be well, and be happy. That experience would set you off on a learning adventure that provides the best foundation for your future that is possible. It would put you into an environment where it was okay to try new things, because there would be a loving teacher there to catch you if you fail at your try (or even your second and third and…) and tell you that you’re still good!
I have seen the smiles of her children when they came to the library where she also worked and found her. They adore her because she adores them and lets them know how special they are.
*If all of us had the sincere desire to devote ourselves to the well-being of others like she does. If we were all devoted enough to the others in our lives to put ourselves in their places, to see things from their point of view, and to pray for them, how could there be hatred? How could there be violence? How could there be riots? If we concerned ourselves with the fears and insecurities that those in our lives might be facing, we would be much more gentle in our encounters. If we took the time to realize that others are surrounded by new faces, new circumstances, and new adventures, we might be more willing to reach out and lend a hand.
*If we lived with others who showed us patience, compassion and empathy each day as we try our best to be the people we should be. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be treated that way by everyone? So how about treating everyone that way?
I recognized the thoughts and hopes and compassion for those little ones. I believe Deanne is an extraordinary teacher but not alone. I know that most teachers are in their chosen profession because they were called to be there for children, because they truly love children, and because they want to make a difference. While I don’t think I have ever expressed my thoughts as beautifully as she did, I know that my feelings for the children were much like hers.
As I read the second half of her post, well, that’s where I was blown away by her wisdom and compassion. While this beautiful, young woman makes a huge difference in the lives of the children who come through her classroom, the others who work with her, and those of us who are lucky enough to know her, I’ll be counting the days until she can run for President! Wouldn’t we be lucky to have leaders at all levels with this kind of insight!