In our schools there is so much we can’t do. We can’t control society’s natural effect on our students thinking. We can’t change our student’s environments at home. Ad we can’t make crucial life decisions for those in our classrooms or locker rooms.
Yet there is so much we can do. We can be a rock in the midst of a sea of insecurity and self-doubt. We can be an example of what it means to give back to society. And we can help give our students a voice and inspire them to change the world around them.
Such was the case with a high school in Arizona. Teachers and students could not do everything but they could do something to help change people’s views on a certain word that plagued the self-image of some of the school’s most wonderful students. The school’s teachers gave the students a platform to share their voice and inspired them to focus on the things the students could do rather than the things they could not, a pattern applicable to any school anywhere in the world.
This short video shows the result.
Dale Carnegie said that "Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Much more than you think, people are watching you and your example. Mostly, they're watching what you DO. The sphere of influence we all have is far greater with many more ripples than we might imagine. Make those ripples count. Influence your sphere for good. Help others do the same. If nothing else, your positive actions will give them thoughts of doing the same. Dal
It has been said many times by many great men and women that "the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing." What things qualify as "evil" or simply "negative" in you school, work, or home? What can you DO to help combat those negative things? Now do them. You don't have to do it all at once. Pick one thing, and do it.