So many professionals lack the knowledge and understanding of how to manage and care for our most valued citizens, our children. Teachers are leaders. They are the front line influencers, outside of the child's parents, that help to shape the minds of who our young people will become.
We have a responsibility to love our children, nurture them, and help them to manifest their unique talents and gifts. Our words have power and they carry roots. They could build up strong and confident people or tearsnus down causing one tonfeelnweek and feeble minded. When words are planted in our mimds and souls we begin to live by them because we believe them. Hearing such disparaging words from a teach can only make one live in the shadow of those word.
I know because I am one of them. Over 25 years later and I still hear the echo and the voice of my teacher reminding me I will amount to nothing. Taking those words I battle with fear, and constant doubt. Inspite of all of my accomplishments I'm still doubting my self, not feeling like I'm good enough or measure up, feeling intimidated when I'm on the presence of greatness, scholars, and those who appear to be at the top of their game. Either way those words scarred me and still haunts me today.
...and the list goes on!
All because the fear of not knowing enough, being enough, or measuring up has haunted me along my journery. Shame on the teacher who thought it was wise to give a child with autism a gold award at the end of the school year that read: "Most Annoying", and shame on her for adding yet another fight to the neurological and cognitive battles that he inherently has to face on a daily basis. Folks just remember if you are in any type of position of being an influencer, know that your words matter, and they have the power and ability to build us up, or tear us down. Choose your words wisely!
”I Chose Me Because I Will Never Be A Choice Again”