One of my all time favorite Christmas movies is It’s a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart. He faces financial difficulties because of money misplaced by a careless relative. He is driven to wish he had never been born. He then gets the chance to see what his World would have been like if he had never been born. What he finds is that his life has influenced many people. His existence made his town a better place to live. He realizes that the problem he faced was pretty small compared to difference he made in the world around him.
We are teachers, educators, and role models. We influence young people, family members, co-workers, and strangers every single day. Think back to your parents, friends from school, brothers and sisters, teachers you had, all the way to your spouse, your colleagues, administrators, your children, and even the person you smiled at in the checkout line. Like it or not, you have made a difference in the lives of all of these people. How might each of them be different if you had never been born? Would your world be better or worse place? I am just taking a guess, but if you are reading this blog post, then the World would probably be worse off without you. We have one of the most important and difficult jobs in the entire world.
I know that our paychecks don’t really reflect that. The priorities of our world are a little messed up. You can make millions if you can act or throw a football. But, if you influence thousands of lives and prepare young people for life each day, then you make enough to get by. It doesn’t make much sense, but part of the reward is the satisfaction of seeing students become successful once they leave our classrooms. I now work with several teachers that once sat in my classroom. A principal, a team of teachers, and I had a discussion just yesterday about students that have gone on and have become a success.
I highly recommend you click the following youtube video. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVCBrkrFrBE&safe=active It is called the Lollipop Moment. The gist is that some of the largest impacts you have had on people, are moments you didn’t even realize. As an educator, I am sure there are more of these moments than you will ever know. I have had many students come back to me and say, “Mr. Tron, do you remember when you said this in class?" I honestly don’t remember what in the world they are talking about, but that is what they remembered. It was something they will never forget and it helped them in some way.
As you enjoy some much needed time off this Christmas season, just remember old George Bailey and the difference he made. If you have never seen It’s a Wonderful Life, then watch it. Reflect on your own life and realize that you matter and have made and will continue to make a difference in lives all around you!
I am going to take a break from the blog over the Holidays. I will write my next post in January. Thank you to all of my readers. Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year!