Posted in Education, Love, tagged amor, education, Inspiration, kindness, Love, reflection, Reflections, thoughts on November 13, 2011 |
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When I was eight I had an old lady as my teacher. At least I thought she was old. She always had long dresses with flowers on.
Once the whole class was invited to her home. It was a small apartment. She had baked cookies. I liked them and asked for the recipe. I found it some years ago among the few belongings I still have. It said “Teacher Märta´s cookies” in bad handwriting.
An accident had just changed my life and I was feeling quite emotional. I always liked her and felt it was a shame I had never told her so.
I thought she must be dead by now, but recalled where she lived back then. I looked her name up in the digital phone book here in Sweden. She still lived at the same address!
I remembered her with love in my heart and gave her a call. I told her my name, and would you believe it but she remembered me, some 30 years later. She even asked me how my two best friends from then were doing.
She was eighty years old by now. We talked for a long while.
Her remembering me just filled my heart with joy and brought tears to my eyes. She told me I had been one of her favorite pupils. Something I would have never guessed, since I could never keep my mouth shut and never remember to raise my hand in class.
Even my mother was surprised when I said I had called her. She told me that she thought that Märta did not like me.
I think subconsciously that she was the one that planted the seed of becoming a teacher in me.
Just thinking about this still brings tears to my eyes.
Märta Carlsson, I still love you
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Posted in Education, The little positivity, tagged compassion, education, empathy, esperanza, future, hope, Inspiration, kindness, Life, Love, miracle, reflection, Reflections, thoughts on September 22, 2011 |
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Sometimes something that is a little bit bad can bring out something good.
A couple of 12/13-year-old-boys was teasing a girl at the school I teach. Not saying anything really bad, just teasing her, which is enough to make someone sad.
A few days later I spoke to one little boy and asked him if he knew why I wanted to talk to him. (He had just jumped on the teasing train as the last person, not really knowing what it was about).
His big eyes looked up on me like two huge question marks.
When he heard that a girl was sad and realized he had a part in it,
compassion, empathy and sadness filled the big brown eyes.
A small heart grew greater than his little body and was crying out.
With tears watering his eyes,
small almost silent words formed on his lips as he asked
“How can one make sadness go away when you have hurt someone?”
“We must find the girl so that I can apologize”
Sitting there I understood that I had just witnessed a small miracle. In that boys heart lies our future. And it can be a good one.
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Posted in The little positivity, Thoughts, tagged Amos Makajula, Bus drivers, education, Inspiration, kindness, Life, Love, reflection, Sweden, thoughts on September 10, 2011 |
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Helping an old lady lift up her shopping basket the other day took less than a few seconds.
Many little things can add to the positive energy on earth. Just a smile from someone on the street can brighten up my day and get my heart going. It is so easy.
In my town, Uppsala, we have a bus driver that really greets YOU when you step onto the bus. You feel recognized and seen. It is just bubbling kindness pouring out from his smile.
Almost every time the bus stops and someone gets off he uses the speaker system to wish them a fabulous day. That small but great act just happened to save a life one day. A troubled soul stepped onto his bus with the unfortunate but firm plan to end his life after reaching the end destination. Just being noticed and feeling the warmth of Amos Makajula as he stepped on the bus made him change his mind.
You might not be able to change the world, but maybe you can change one person´s world.
As a teacher you try to see the unseen child. There is at least one in every school. I know from experience as I was once a transparent pupil myself. Just hearing a gentle hello may be enough to come out of invisibility.
Maybe you could ask the person always sitting alone at lunch if it is OK to sit down at her/his table. Stop for a second and talk a little with a person living on the street or sit down with an old person and really listen to what they have to say. It may be nothing important to you but it might mean the world to them.
How much time does kindness take?
One small act may be enough to change someone´s reality. Keep it easy and wear a smile when you can.
It sure brightens up my day
Photo taken from http://lotidningen.se/2009/05/27/sveriges-trevligaste-busschauffor/
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