August 24, 2015, Chino Valley- I will be working here, in a small Middle School class, from now to Thursday. Today, a school-wide assembly focused on self-worth and standing up to bullying and intimidation.
I spent some time, in each class, aside from the assembly, getting kids to talk about their individual talents. Some have “none”- a sublime fallacy. I must say, though, that when I was their age, I would have said the same thing. Honouring oneself is a long-term process, but need it be so?
I have a soft place in my heart for teens who feel downtrodden, or beaten down. This is the time of life when people need special encouragement to stand up for themselves, albeit in a way that is not embarrassing or ostentatious. There are no uglies in this forest.
The Assembly did a good job of explaining this to the students- and further making the point that a person who follows his or her finer passions, can never be bowled over by the vicissitudes of life. Several proactive and hard-working teens were shown as examples of how to rise above some very challenging life situations, none of which were of their own making.
One young lady became an archer; another overcame a “lack of talent” in running, and has mastered that skill; a young man, who is very short, became a fine golfer; another young man established several community efforts to help homeless teens.
The students who watched all this, can each overcome their own challenges. This, as much as anything else, keeps me working in the schools, rather than in retail or in an office, somewhere. I have a drive, to build honour in yet another rising generation.
UPDATE: My place, for the foreseeable future, is here in the West. I spoke with a family member who has his finger on the pulse of things back in Massachusetts. He reassured me that visiting Mom is a good thing; but it is not necessary for me to move back there, on her behalf. So, in the interests of being helpful, in the real sense of the word, I stay the course. I appreciate all the support that various friends and family have offered. I’ll still visit there, over the holidays, but then it will be right back here to AZ.