New Year: Keep Inspiring
People underestimate how much a few words can speak to our soul. Can touch us in ways a whole novel isn’t able to. Those two lines, four lines, ten words; they are more than words on paper. They are an ethos, a beautiful, unique message to our souls that says ‘change something’ or ‘you are okay’ or ‘you are unique, celebrate it’. They are able to let your imagination create the rest. Your ability to listen to the deepest worries in others hearts is special to humanity. We can articulate, express and empathise with each other. This blog today is meant to talk about the new year, yet I first want to address just how special we all are. That there is no one above another, no one below the other. We hold onto what we want to believe in, whether it is a beautiful song lyric, a poem, a quote from an inspirational speaker, or just words from a friend who convinced us that we are worth it. We are worth being on this world, and making it a better place. You may be inspired more by the pictures that will accompany this blog than by the words I write. To that I say: amazing. Sharing inspiration is just as important as creating it yourself. These words shaped me and, if they shape you too, it is only possible for it to be a celebration.
What makes us different from these ‘motivational’ people? The ones who inspire us. Nothing apart from that they do it, maybe they have a better platform which makes them famous and reach more people. That fact doesn’t mean we can’t impact one person, it doesn’t mean we can’t think the same thoughts. We are all capable. When I think about the lessons others have said to the world, I see them as my own ethos. Ghandi and Kaur are my teachers, they are my philosophers: like Plato and Socrates. I learn from them teachings about the world. I absorb the messages and teach others. I am not here to just listen and do nothing with the information. That is what we have to encourage our children, pupils, generations to come, to do.
One of the greatest struggles facing our societies today is the loss of potential. We can do anything we want, yet how often do we reach the top? How often do our pupils reach the top? In a way, it might be impossible because human potential is endless. When I deliver workshops to 10-year-old children I talk about Martin Luther King Jr., and everything he did for this world. Yet his life was cut short - meaning he was not able to complete all the work that he strived for. Who is going to do that work now? We all admire him, but how many of us actually stand up and do what he would want us to do? I hope it is many. I hope the number is in the millions, yet I fear it is not.
You are teachers, you are motivators. Whether children want to believe it or not: you change their lives. You shape their minds and push them forwards. You show them their potential as they grow through your class or subject. You teach them how to apply the information they are given.
Keep at it
Keep believing in them
Keep believing in their potential to continue to grow, or to turn everything around.
I will keep believing in them too.
Think again: what makes us different? Everything, yet nothing except ourselves. We chose to be different, so lets be different and embrace the magic that comes with that. It’s a new year and a new time to be excited for what is to come. Hit refresh, but only because you want to, not because some gym or magazine told you so. Everyone's new years resolution should be to ‘do better’ than our past selves. It’s not a competition against each other.
But if it was?
Let it be that we all win.