We can all be good leaders. We can ALL step up, take a stand, be the first to help, etc. We can all do what is right. We can give, forgive and show gratitude. We can help others see what is right. We can lift others up. We can, we can, we ALL can.
I teach a bunch of teenagers. Most teens (not all) believe the universe revolves around them. Most of these hormone raging hosts are in it for themselves. It’s me, me, ME! No matter how much I try to teach my students, for the most part, they want to take care of #1 and no one else. I know this. I know it, yet it still angers me.
I shouldn’t let it get me down. I should just keep on nudging and encouraging in a loving way to help my students realize that there is more to life than their self-satisfaction. When one helps to make another’s day, that creates an awesome unique self-satisfaction in the act itself. I know they don’t know this. They don’t understand this, because they haven’t practiced it enough.
So, it is my job to give them opportunities to practice selflessness. I’m trying! I truly am, but today was rough.
Let me tell ya…
They are always hungry, always wanting to satisfy some hunger they have. They want information, they want snapchat, twitter and instagram. They want you to give them a grade for basically doing nothing. They want to be left alone, but they want you to pay attention to them too. They want real food. Sometimes, they seem like a baby begging for a bottle, to be held or for their diaper to be changed. I know that is a gross analogy, but hey, I promise, their attitude is so similar on some ocassions.
SOME DAYS, and today was one of those SOME DAYS…this constant bombardment with my students obsession of self wore me out! That’s all.
(note: not every child has this attitude…I just saw it a ton more today than usual)
I’ll be rested up and pumped up in the morning to start it all again. Hopefully, I will see some improvement in some of my little sweeties tomorrow. They truly are good kids, they just don’t show it fully yet. It’ll happen.