I used to record and share in order to prove you can't make a difference if you quit or get discouraged.
Sometimes you get ONE bloom a year (like CHIG's annual Bloom).
Its value cancels out EVERY poor outcome... here's One little nugget from 2014
I teach 8th grade for the moment. BIG kids, teens and some are huge athletes.
THURSDAY - emergency lockdown message cam over the loudspeaker unexpectedly
it was a True lockdown but we never know WHY or where the threat is located.
The other teacher herself stood there almost frozen, took too long to turn around and start moving
She tells the kids to take their places but does nothing else
I dont let too many seconds go by before (stepping on her toes, stepping up and taking care of all the safety precautions)
I peek outside to snatch in any kid who is trapped out there in the fray.
I find ONE panicing looking around not knowing where to go
I SNATCH him IN.
i pull the magnet out of the door lock and pullit to lock
the teacher had not pulled the magnet, that leaves the door open from the outside....*smh
i push this kid to the corner and shush the rest who are starting to whisper because they are really scared
BIG BASKETBALL Player dark skinned boy who likes me and kind of clings when things go bad because hes' ( you know? TOUGH but needs help)
he pulls my pant leg asking "is this real man this is bad, are we gonna get shot?"
I winked smiled and said " dont worry man, we GOT this, Me and you. We'll take him down if anyone comes near. you with me?"
he suddenly relaxed
but his eyes never left my direction. he just made big eyes and looked into mine
i kept winking and just stood strong with him.
we listened for about 8 whole minutes to people running through the school
we heard the doors being pulled at trying to get in
we heard one woman and several men's voices
no one was yelling, they were talking but frantically
we heard them come closer,
i looked at all of them...SILENCE...
the teacher was blowing her nose and complaining that this should not be happening.
they pull on our door several times, they bang and knock and then they leave
Announcements followed that it was over
This basketball player kid ..collected his composure again, high fived me, winked and now I got a NEW friend and a trusting student for SURE
Im betting i will be able to get through to him better after this experience.. it happens this way all the time.
END: neighborhood police were chasing a suspect .The police check every room. The stupid teacher left the shades up, til i crawled over there and pulled them. She told me that was not necessary. Always follow your instincts. soon as the cops had the guy in cuffs, the lockdown was suspended and there was never any REAL threat to us in that room. There Was, however, a hurdle overcome for 1 young man and he will never be the same.
This basketball player has been given up on by all his teachers.They told me not to dedicate too much time because he will NOT respond. I don't quit on People. Releasing Potential from what is buried is always the trick. This kid needs tutoring so he can be confident, not to be tossed aside because he's a jock who doesn't like reading. There's a REASON he doesn't read. he has TROUBLE reading, and that's where help needs to be aimed. Now that I have his TRUST, I can make a difference with him on more than one level. It already started on the first day when I was the only one treating him the way he should be treated.
The character of a man, is make clear in crisis.
moral of this story: you can make a difference in a life any second of any day . you can make a friend, gain an ally, learn that the threat is not so bad or that we can beat it if we are just willing to stay IN the game. there's no reason NOT to always BE there and treat every human being you are WITH in space, with respect and as a teammate in this.
we are all in this together
our pasts dont matter
each day is a chance to be whoever you want to be
...thats just one thing that happens in one day...
youre IN it -----FLY. you get given the chance with every wakeup...to smile or laugh ...or be angry and bitter
You make the choice.
December 2020 - At this time of indescribable horror , loss, trauma and uncertainty - Nothing Else Matters
People Matter, Lives Matter
Having trouble getting someone to understand it's the "Little Things" that matter, I used to share these nuggets and remind that these opportunities present themselves everyDAY, You just have to be looking for them. The Big Rare Blooms may come once a year, or take even longer, but we have to be present in order not to miss them.
That is All.
Please Please believe me, Wear your Mask, do not gather
IF you survive this disease it may leave you with a long term multorgan disease and neuro damage, all with unknown prognosis . reinfection is real, we are seeing it in populations who have high rates of repeated exposures, like LEO, EMT, RN, techs, LTC staff, teachers, delivery staff, prison staff. 2nd infection is NOT less severe than the first in cases we are investigating thus far.
. Please try to make it to 2021 if not for yourself , for those who need you. and that is the message from my first day off in a month. now oncall daily even after I've left work. starts sunday at midnight
because it's That BAD.
if only America had leadership, the message may have been more like this. A Courageous leader is not afraid of the Truth.