You know I can always get a smile out of you! Image from mactastic on flickr.
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
— Leo Buscaglia
[Teachers], teach your children to express themselves. Teach them to be in touch with their emotions, to speak honestly to people, and to maintain integrity and stick by their principles in all they do. This is perhaps the highest morality you can instill.
— Jeffrey Bryant (b.1965); author
I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can only love one person at a time – just one, one, one. So you begin. I began – I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have picked up forty-two thousand….The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin – one, one, one.
—Mother Teresa (1910-1997), founder of the Missionaries of Charity
We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
—E. E. Cummings (1894-1962); poet, essayist, painter, playwright
I seek to employ these words in every way I can in my classroom. I got into education for the kids, to be a positive force in their lives which are all too often filled with demons and monsters.
May we all live these words and make life wonderful!
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