Paying forward in my work is satisfying, I know I’ve made a difference for at least one, hopefully more, when I do so.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pay It Forward.” Tell us about a time when you responded to an act of kindness with one of your own.
Have you heard that old story where the man on the beach saves clams one at a time? As he throws each in the ocean he says, “I may not help them all but I helped that one.” I remember thinking about all the great teachers that have impacted my life and making a decision I was going to be that sort of teacher. I try to give something to my students every day that is above and beyond the motive of a paycheck or “Summer’s off.” I hope my students know I am a teacher sorting through the curruculum to offer snippets of life advice. The most important I’ve learned worthy of passing on is honesty.
I had a 3rd grade teacher who really boosted my self-esteem. I had a middle school teacher who believed I was gifted and talented and she let me know, even while handing back D’s I had earned. I had a teacher who gave me a high five as I turned in my final my senior year, it was the last requirement to pass her course, and graduate by the skin of my teeth. In college, the help and teaching I received was miraculous. Every day I pay it forward. I can always do more, I’m constantly reminded of that.