Daily Archives: April 12, 2013
“Thank you for what you do.” This is often said to soldiers, doctors, and law enforcement, and an offer of thanks is of course greatly deserved. But what about the teachers and educators? How often are they thanked or acknowledged for what they do? Some people actually believe that teaching is simply a job and that it is easy to do because teachers get summers off as well as vacations (would you prefer your kid to be in school all days of the year with no break?), and that those teaching elementary school children really have it easy. And for those people, I ask you to first think about today’s generation of kids and teenagers. Did you shudder? Next, think about all of the greatest leaders in the world. Weren’t they taught by teachers? Finally, I want you to think about where you would be today if you had never been to school or received no form of education whatsoever. The act of teaching is so pivotal and significant, from before, after, and during the days of Christ to eternity. Teaching creates leaders, thinkers, and world-changers, it affects how we communicate with each other and how we conduct ourselves in society (see previous post). Teaching gives, inspires, captures, invigorates, and so much more. And so to the teachers and educators out there: Thank You.
I expand much more on this topic in my post “Teaching is Not a Career! What?!”
Peace and Love
Do you ever think to yourself “what is wrong with people these days?” or “whatever happened to manners?” or better yet: “what ever happened to common sense?” I ask myself these questions almost everyday. I’m sure you have noticed grown adults that do not cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough, or when they do, it’s in their palm, and they proceed to touch the grocery cart and other items. Do you find yourself slowly turning into a germaphobe because of other people’s lack of common sense? How about when you hold the door open for someone, and they don’t say “thank you.” Really? I don’t care if you don’t mean it, but for goodness sake, will common courtesy kill you? Because I worked in retail, I had seen my share of customers that did not respond to me when I greeted them or wished them well. I am always courteous and polite to strangers because of these experiences and simply because of my personality. However, unfortunately for me, I expect the same in return. You see, in this world, one is not always treated the way they treat others. Oh well. Perhaps it is because of this belief that manners and politeness in society are in a downward spiral: people feel like they may not receive kindness back, so they don’t give it- just a theory. I truly find it hard to believe that some people do not do the most simplistic of things like saying “thank you” or offer a polite smile in greeting. Don’t you think the world would be a much happier place if this was done more often? Sometimes I seriously feel alone in believing this and that perhaps I’m the crazy one and everyone around me is sane. Don’t you? This topic is touched upon a bit more in my post “In Honor Of” and “To Be ‘Educated’ in Society.”