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BETWEEN TEACHER AND CHILD
by Haim Ginott
I’ve come to a frightening conclusion.
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It’s my personal approach that
creates the climate. It’s my daily
mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher, I possess tremendous
power to make a child’s life
miserable or joyous. I can be
a tool of torture or an instrument
of inspiration. I can humiliate or
humor, hurt or heal. In all situations,
it's my response that decides
whether a crisis will be escalated
or de-escalated, a child humanized or dehumanized.
THE 4G's of GREATNESS
SERMONS WE SEE
by Edgar Guest
I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me
than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil and
more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example's always clear;
And the best of all the preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it
if you'll let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action,
but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lecture you deliver
may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons
by observing what you do;
For I might misunderstand you
and the high advise you give,
But there's no misunderstanding
how you act and how you live.
When I see a deed of kindness,
I am eager to be kind.
When a weaker brother stumbles
and a strong man stays behind
Just to see if he can help him,
then the wish grows strong in me
To become as big and thoughtful
as I know that friend to be.
And all travelers can witness
that the best of guides today
Is not the one who tells them,
but the one who shows the way.
One good man teaches many,
men believe what they behold;
One deed of kindness noticed
is worth forty that are told.
Who stands with men of honor
learns to hold his honor dear,
For right living speaks a language
which to every one is clear.
Though an able speaker charms me
with his eloquence, I say,
I'd rather see a sermon
than to hear one, any day.
WRITE IT ON YOUR HEART
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write it on your heart that every day is the
best day in the year. He is rich who owns the
day, and no one owns the day who allows it
to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt
crept in. Forget them as soon as you can,
tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and
serenely, with too high a spirit to be
cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear, with its hopes
and invitations, to waste a moment
on the yesterdays.
WHO AM I ?
I am your constant companion. I am your
greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down
to failure. I am completely at your command.
Half the things you do you might just as well
turn over to me, and I will be able to do them
quickly and correctly. I am easily managed -
you must merely be firm with me. Show me
exactly how you want something done, and
after a few lessons I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of all great people;
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine, though I work with all
the precision of a machine, plus the
intelligence of a human being. You may run
me for a profit or turn me for ruin, it makes
no difference to me. Take me, train me, be
firm with me, and I will place the world at
your feet. Be easy with me, and I will
Who am I?
I am habit.
WHAT HAVE I TRADED?
by Heartsill Wilson
This is the beginning of a new day.
God has given me this today to use as
I will. I can waste it or I can use it for
good. What I do today is very
important because I’m exchanging
a day of my life for it. When
tomorrow comes, this day will be
gone forever, leaving something in its
place I've traded for it. I want it to be
gain, not loss; good not evil; success,
not failure; in order that I shall
not forget the price I paid for it.
(Excerpt from the book)
'Extreme Focus' by Pat Williams
by T. L. Gargiulo
Your life is led by the words you
spread. The best advice, be clear
& concise. Uplifting & constructive,
positive & productive. So pay
attention to how you speak.
It can make you strong or
it can make you weak.
Schools may not teach us
all that needs to be taught,
like 'everything begins and
ends with our thoughts'.
Our self-talk speaks to us
both good and bad voices,
that manifest into each of
our life-changing choices.
Stand guard at the walls of
your mind's silent speech,
It'll generate a growth mindset
and provide longest reach.
THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER'S HAND
- Myra 'Brooks' Welch
'Twas battered and scarred, and the
auctioneer thought it scarcely worth
his while to waste much time on the
old violin, but held it up with a smile.
"What am I bidden, good folks," he
cried, "Who'll start the bidding for
me?" "A dollar, a dollar"; then two!"
"Only two? Two dollars, and who'll
make it three? Three dollars, once;
three dollars twice; going for three.."
but no, from the room far back, a
gray-haired man came forward and
picked up the bow; then wiping the
dust from the old violin, and
tightening the loose strings, he
played a melody pure and sweet as
caroling angels sing. the music ceased,
and the auctioneer, with a voice that
was quiet and low, said; "what am i bid
for the old violin?" and he held it up
with the bow. a thousand dollars, and
who'll make it two? two thousand! and
who'll make it three? three thousand
going once, three thousand, twice and
going and gone, said he. the people
cheered, but someof them cried, "we
don't quite understand what changed
its worth." swift came the reply: "the
touch of a master's hand." and many
a man with life out of tune, and
battered and scarred with sin, is
auctioned cheap to the thoughtless
crowd much like the old violin, a
"mess of pottage", a glass of wine; a
game - and he travels on. "he's going
once" and "going twice, he's going and
almost gone." But the Master comes,
and the foolish crowd never can quite
understand the worth of a soul
and the change that's wrought by
the touch of the Master's Hand.
THE STORY OF BEST & BETTER
GOOD BETTER BEST
GOOD BETTER BEST
NEVER LET IT REST
UNTIL YOUR GOOD IS BETTER
AND YOUR BETTER IS BEST.
NEVER REST ON YOUR BEST.
'BEST' IS WHAT YOU'VE
DONE IN THE PAST.
'BETTER' IS WHAT YOU'LL
DO IN THE FUTURE.
NEVER TRY TO BE "THE" BEST,
BUT ALWAYS DO "YOUR" BEST.
DO YOUR BEST
FORGET THE REST
RUDYARD KIPLING QUOTE
No written word
nor spoken plea
can teach the kids
what they should be.
Nor all the books
on all the shelves,
it's what the teachers
THE BUTTERFLY STRUGGLES
A man found a cocoon of a butterfly.
One day a small opening appeared.
He sat and watched the butterfly for
several hours as it struggled to force
its body through that little hole. Until
it suddenly stopped making any
progress and looked like it was stuck.
So the man decided to help the
butterfly. He took a pair of scissors
and snipped off the rest of the
cocoon. The butterfly then emerged
easily, although it had a swollen body
and small, shriveled wings. The man
didn't think anything of it and sat
there waiting for the wings to enlarge
to support the butterfly. But it
never happened. The butterfly then
spent the rest of its life unable to fly,
crawling around with tiny wings and
a swollen body. Despite the kind
heart of the man, he didn’t
understand that the restricting
cocoon and the struggle needed by
the butterfly to get itself through the
small opening were God's way of
forcing fluid from the body of the
butterfly into its wings. This struggle
would prepare and strengthen the
butterfly for flying once it was out
of the cocoon. Our struggles in life
develop our strengths. Without
struggles, we never grow and
never get stronger, so it's important
for us to tackle certain challenges
on our own, and to not always
be so reliant on help from other.
Sometimes struggles are exactly what
we need in our lives. If God allowed us
to go through our lives without any
obstacles, it would cripple us. We
would not be as strong as what
we could have been. We could never fly.
I asked for Strength ….. And God
gave me Difficulties to make me strong.
I asked for Wisdom ….. And God
gave me Problems to solve.
I asked for Prosperity ….. And God
gave me a brain and brawn to work.
I asked for Courage ….. And God
gave me Danger to overcome.
I asked for Love …. And God
gave me Troubled people to help.
I asked for Favors ….. And God
gave me Opportunities.
I received nothing I wanted...
And I received everything I needed!
THE VELVET-COVERED BRICK
(Excerpt from: "Habitudes")
"Images That Form Leadership Habits & Attitudes"
by Dr. Tim Elmore
"Good leaders possess both
strength and sensitivity.
They are tough and tender.
Because they are emotionally
secure, they're able to handle
confrontation and conflict
in a healthy way."
CONFRONTS DESTRUCTIVE PROBLEMS
DEMONSTRATES STRENGTH & COURAGE
A STICKLER FOR RESULTS
SECURE ENOUGH TO TAKE CRITICISM
POSSESSES CONVICTIONS ABOUT PRINCIPLES
ALWAYS EMBRACES RESPONSIBILITY
CONSIDERS DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES
DEMONSTRATES SENSITIVITY AND CARE
A STICKLER FOR RELATIONSHIPS
SECURE ENOUGH TO SERVE THE CRITIC
POSSESSES COMPASSION FOR PEOPLE
RARELY ENFORCES THE RANK OF POSITION
3 FROGS SITTIN' ON A LOG
Three frogs sittin' on a log.
One frog 'decides' to jump off.
How many frogs are left?
There's still three! ...but why?
Because the frog only 'decided'
in his mind. He never took the
'action-step' to execute by
getting up & actually following
through on what he'd decided
he was going to do.
Well done is better
than well said, & actions speak
So always 'lead from the front'.
Great leaders say, "Follow me!",
Bad leaders say, "Go get 'em!"
By Linda Ellis
I read of a man who stood to speak
at the funeral of a friend.
He referred to the dates on the tombstone
from the beginning, to the end.
He noted that first came the date of birth
and spoke the following date with tears.
But he said what mattered most of all
was the dash between those years.
For that dash represents all the time
that they spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved them
know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own,
the cars, the house, the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
and how we spend our dash.
So, think about this long and hard.
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
that can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
to consider what's true and real,
and always try to understand
the way other people feel.
And be less quick to anger
and show appreciation more,
and love the people in our lives
like we've never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect
and more often wear a smile,
remembering this special dash
might only last a little while.
So, when your eulogy is being read
with your life's actions to rehash,
would you be proud of the things they say
about how you spent YOUR dash?
INSPIRATIONAL & MOTIVATIOAL VIDEOS
* EAGLES & LIONS / HOW TO BECOME A LEADER - by DR. MYLES MONROE
* MIND & BODY CONNECTION / THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, ACTIONS - by DR. JOE DISPENZA
How To Become A Leader - Dr. Myles Monroe
DR. JOE DISPENZA
UNLOCK THE POWER OF YOUR MIND
TIME STAMPED TOPICS to follow.
THIS MOST INSPIRING RACE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF WHAT WE HUMANS
ARE TRULY CAPABLE OF.
INSPIRATIONAL LEADERSHIP BOOKS
* WINNING by Jack Welch
* PSYCHO-CYBERNETICS 2000 by Bobbe Sommer
* CREATING A SEASON TO REMEMBER: THE NEW YOUTH-SPORTS-COACHING LEADERSHIP HANDBOOK
* RAISING AN ATHLETE: HOW TO INSTILL CONFIDENCE, BUILD SKILLS AND INSPIRE A LOVE OF SPORT
by Jack Perconte
* HEADS-UP BASEBALL 2.0 by Dr. Ken Ravizza
* EXTREME FOCUS by Pat Williams
* LEADERSHIFT - THE 360 LEADER - LAWS OF TEAMWORK - THE 21 IRREFUTABLE LAWS OF LEADERSHIP
All (4) by John C. Maxwell
* THE MENTOR LEADER - QUIET STRENGTH (Both) by Tony Dungy
* LIMITLESS by Jim Kwik
* FEARLESS: THE UNDAUNTED COURAGE AND ULTIMATE SACRIFICE OF NAVY SEAL TEAM SIX OPERATOR ADAM BROWN
by Eric Blehm
* LEARNING AND LEADING WITH HABITS OF MIND 16 ESSENTIAL CHARACTERISTICS FOR SUCCESS
by Arthur Costa and Bena Kallick
* THESTORYTELLER'S SECRET by Carmine Gallo
* THEY CALL ME COACH by John Wooden
* THE WAY OF THE SEAL by Mark Divine
* MANIFEST YOUR DESTINY by Wayne Dyer
* WHY WINNERS WIN by Art Garner
* NO EXCUSES by Brian Tracy
* THE ENERGY BUS by Jon Gordon