We are human turnstiles. People come into and out of our lives virtually every day, but only a select few remain with us for an extended period of time. And only a certain number will truly impact our lives.
As human beings, we can endure the lack of many things. But loneliness, the absence of connections with other people, can be extremely difficult to bear.
See, we were created for relationships. Our interactions with others teach, shape and guide us. We need other people in our lives because no matter how passionate we may be about our own personal goals and aspirations, there will come moments when our enthusiasm begins to dwindle, when we get tired, and when we stop dreaming.
There will be times when it will be absolutely necessary for us to have people encourage us and rekindle the fire within us. These individuals who do so are our true heroes and those we can count on through thick and thin knowing that they stand with us and join in our struggles so we do not have to fight alone.
The irony is that we are not always appreciative of the countless sacrifices and unconditional love that these people bestow upon us. Our forgetfulness is not intentional, but it definitely is good to be reminded that we are appreciated.
Perhaps as a teacher, you are the hero I have described. The one who helps students find peace in troubling times, and bolsters their faith when doubts and insecurities fall upon them. However, you may not always receive any acknowledgment or recognition.
So, today, allow me to express my appreciation to you for:
Helping students believe in themselves, when they could not see anything in them worth believing in.
Seeing potential and greatness in students, when parts of society see helpless and hopeless individuals.
The many acts of kindness that you do for students, not to be recognized, but simply because you deeply care about them.
The many hours you spend planning, preparing and coming up with creative ways to reach and teach your students.
Simply being there for students when others choose to walk away.
You are making a difference!
Thank you for your impact!
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