In a world that seems to be more crazy by the day, do all the good that you can.
This week students’ tried to justify their comments as banter – but there is banter and banter. There is the little hearted teasing and the use of terms of discrimination even when the those words are not meant with malice.
Its a steady road from that to real harm. Yet, when our politicians seem determined for personal power at the expense of the vulnerable. We must speak out and stop it even more.
Good does not have to be grand. It can be those little things.
At the other extreme a student studying Harriet Tubman for her History presentation (she was a runaway slave who repeated risked her life to save 100 slaves from slavery and worked as a nurse and spy during the Civil War) commented that she had done so little good in her life.
So we explained it is about doing the good in your sphere. The good of everyday helping others. So much good can be given each day.
Most of use come into teacher as we wish to do good. We can do good on a daily basis. We give hope, support, encouragement and guidance alongside the ‘measureable’ targets of grades. Grades matter to their futures -so helping them achieve them does good and offers them a brighter future. But we do so much more. Remember the good that can be done beyond what is measured even if the system is geared to disregard these many goods.
We argue as we are passionate and want to help students. Yet, we pull others down. My way or no way. We all do good in our own way. What works for us and the students we know will do good.
We support each other when down. We prop each other up when life and work gets us down. Do good by supporting, so they can go on to do more good.
Niceness. Kindness. Is not weakness. It is strength. It often takes courage. But it does good.
Be kind to yourself too. Do good to yourself too.
Do all the good you can in this crazy world. Help those around. Listen. Learn. See. Do good. One minutes, one step, one moment at a time.
For each little good reflects. One good turn not only deserves another. It lifts a person and their day. It allows them to do more good in turn. Good amplified. Good encouraged. In this increasingly messy human world – do all the good you can….
“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”