Thursday, October 2, 2008

do all the good you can


Do all the good you can,

by all the means you can,
in all the ways you can,
at all the times you can,
to all the people you can,
as long as you ever can.
-John Wesley-


Sometimes I have weeks where there is not a whole lot of "teaching" but instead a lot of listening, responding, and helping students figure out how to deal with Life. I'm not a social worker or a psychologist, and I know my place at school--I never try to do the work of someone else--but let's face it. When a student comes to me and says, "I can't do my work today because I am dealing with Life"--I take the time to ask the questions and listen to what they are dealing with. If I need to refer the student to someone else more qualified to deal with their Life, I do.

This was one of those weeks. A week of real break-throughs on many levels for many people. And I noticed something.

The people who received help, gave help.

Once their needs were met, they met the needs of others. I wish I could give examples but I respect the private lives of all I work with.

Doing good is a wonderful cycle.

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