Teachers Touch Everyone's Life

I had a vet visit this week. Well... not me, my cat had a vet visit. We (the vet and I) had a conversation about my profession. He had genuine praise for teachers (something very refreshing) and told me that there isn't anyone that hasn't been touched by a teacher at some time in their life. And, he went on to say, that most have something in their lives that they can thank a teacher for.  I never thought about it like that. I mean, I do realize what an enormous responsibility I have. I do acknowledge that it shouldn't be taken lightly. We are touching lives daily.  Planting seeds. Instilling ideas. Sparking imaginations. Switching on curiosity. Shaping and guiding future doctors, nurses, accountants, parents, and, even, teachers.

I've had several teachers touch my life. My parents and family, Sunday school teachers, piano teachers, elementary and secondary (and beyond) teachers, friends, colleagues, all have taught me valuable lessons. I've learned from mistakes and failures. I've learned from repetition and rote memory. I've learned for the love of learning and for the sole purpose of passing a test.

What things am I passing on to the people that I am teaching?  What do they see in me? Am I letting them learn from their mistakes? Do they have the freedom to explore? Are they confident enough to meet challenges?  I am very passionate about teaching. And, that isn't always a good thing. My passion for others to learn and reach their goals is oftentimes larger than their desire to reach the achievement.

Yes, we are all touching someone's life today and making a difference. Sometimes we are the only person that a student can trust or talk to. Sometimes we are the only one in their corner cheering them on. And, sometimes we are the only ones that can open their eyes to their potential.

Who has touched your life? And, more importantly whose life are you touching?

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