Imagine you are a single runner. Even if you have been happily married for years, picture the following scene. You are out for a solo training run on one of your favorite trails. Up ahead, you catch a glimpse of the most attractive runner you have ever seen. This is your moment. This is your one chance to say something witty and strike up a conversation. You can’t afford to chicken out with a simple, “On your left” as you run past never looking back. You also can’t afford to be unoriginal. “Are your legs tired? ‘Cause you have been running through my mind all day?” is cliché and will not separate you from the pack. Your mind races as you try to remember all the cheesy pick-up lines you laughed about with your friends. Should you be funny? Sincere? Direct? Original?
“For as long as I can remember weight has been an issue for me. Starting in high school, I always strived to be skinnier and would follow extreme diets to achieve my goals. It always failed.”
During the 13 years I was a teacher, I kept the following quote in the top drawer of my desk. It reminded me everyday of the awesome responsibility and power I had in my classroom.
“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that 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 a 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 heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or dehumanized.” - Haim G. Ginott -