Big Idea: I really needed this week's quote.
I met a lot of people this week. I talked to a lot of people this week. I constantly compared myself to all those people this week.
Not a great game plan.
It seemed like everyone was more accomplished, had a better handle on life, was healthier, blah, blah.
Then I was driving friends to the airport and they asked about my childhood. My stories - which seem so banal to me - were riveting to them. “I feel like a need a notebook to remember all this cool stuff!” one of them said. It’s often difficult to remember that your history, your skill set, and your personality are unique and offer something to the world that no one else can.
This week, try this: When someone else has a skill or attribute that you don’t, be happy for them and grateful that you are in the world together. You have something they don’t and that could add value to their life, too.
Quote: Every human is like all other humans, some other humans, and no other human. (Clyde Kluckhon)
Resource: Dear Abby Library: Remember the Dear Abby column in the paper? This is based on that premise, where a student has written a letter to Dear Abby and the class then gets together to discuss the problem. There are ones for K-2 and ones for 3-6, although I think the 3-6 ones could be tweaked for older students. There are questions the teacher can ask, and read-alouds that support that particular concept. The link above is to a PDF of front/back cards for easy printing.
Dad Joke: I've been thinking about selling all my John Lennon memorabilia on eBay. Imagine all the PayPal...
I’ve been smiling all week about this Dad Joke; I’m not even sure why! Have an excellent week.
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