The school year has taken off and I am in the thick of meeting my amazing students. Quite a bit of them have the same look when the come into my classroom. They have their school calendars open as they glance over the syllabus. Their gaze shifts from the top of the page towards the bottom of the page. The smile slowly turns into a faint frown.
It might take a little persuasion on my part to convince them that we are going to have an amazing school year. Some buy into it and others are not certain. Not because they don’t believe me, but because they don’t like Science. Or they are still in a fog of Netflix binges, Snapchat moments, and trying to be the next Vine superstar. This is evokes a three of swords moment within me, however my enthusiasm does not wane.
After the initial shock of the syllabus, my students are introduced to pictures and snapshots of what is in store for the entire year. Microscope investigations, blood typing, crime solving, pig dissection, mystery petri dish sleuthing, and more. The ones on the fence topple over to the dark side and all of us science enthusiasts welcome them with open arms! My master plan is working. The rest, I’ll snag them in my realm day by day. They’ll give into loving science as much as I do in a matter of time.
What’s interesting is this kind of magic does not only happens for my high school students, but my college students and writing clients.
People ask me how and why do I get so excited each time I walk into the classroom or walk into a writing workshop.
My question is: why not?!
I am here to serve my clients and this includes everyone I meet. There is an energy exchange and if the person before you is not feeling very positive, it’s important that you offer enough shine so that when you leave, you leave behind some of that shine.
This video captures the ripple effect rather well:
Despite raising the vibration of others, what’s really interesting is that how do people go through the usual part of life when faced with vein-popping stress? I get stressed out too, but still manage to make a difference in the lives I meet. Heck, I’ve had some serious curveballs thrown my way and I didn’t know what to do.
One instance of a very stressful time was when I taught a group of freshman/sophomores at the local high school. There were three boys that would disrupt my class by shouting out, getting up out of their seats, and make rude jokes about my deafness. They constantly tried to test my hearing to see if I could hear them utter obscenities. When I spoke to them about it, they would say my hearing aid wasn’t working properly and I was hearing imaginary things.
I went to seek administrative help, there was not much offered. The onus was on me, so I needed to figure out how to reach these three boys. It was very hard because for three weeks, I went home and cried rivers of tears. No matter what I did, wasn’t working. Never had I met a group of mean-spirited people. After I wiped the tears away, I collected myself and meditated.
My angels delivered a message to me: treat them with kindness. After hearing their utterances, I filled my laptop with inspirational quotes to help me through this dark time in my life. Here are the ones that I found:
What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. – Ralph Marston
With a new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. – Aldous Huxley
Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. – Dennis P. Kimbro
When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu
Pretty soon, it became very clear to me. These boys needed me more than others in my class at the moment. The next day, I threw in an extra dose of kindness towards them. I engaged in conversations with them and eventually learned that one of them had both parents in prison and he had a 4/5th grade reading level. Another one struggled just to get through the day. Their stories were filled with struggles and survival. This gave me a different perspective. I felt as if the Hanged Man came through at that time.
Then something happened. We came upon the topic of Genetics and this gave me a chance to explain about my deafness. The three boys asked a bunch of questions and were genuinely curious. They were fascinated at how DNA could be responsible for wiring and shaping us physically into who we are today. We talked about the different deformities — some visible and others invisible.
After the lesson they shared a personal story about themselves — at different times of the week. They had special needs and needed to be in the special education class for an hour a day. Being in such a class was embarrassing for them and it made them uncomfortable because their classmates made cruel jokes to them. It’s the classic, you’re different and I don’t understand so I’m going to be rude kind of approach. (Unhealthy at that!) In order to appear cool and not be singled out, they projected their insecurities on me to take away the attention from themselves.
The real healing began for all of us. And despite of what may happen to all of us in the next ten, twenty, or even thirty years, I guess we all have to see things in a different kind of light and not just perspective. I can’t seem to imagine life without any piece of wisdom that could guide us. Whether we’re religious or not, it takes more courage to accept your fears and learn how to deal with them is all that matters when it comes to even just getting along.
And to sum things up, here is the last nugget of wisdom to go by however, whenever, and wherever we may be.
Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self evident. – Arthur Schopenhauer
Writer’s Oracle Action Step: How about you? What is your story of how you healed from an intense hurt? What did that look like? How did you overcome the obstacle and come out stronger? When did you find your voice?
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