Bird Droppings May 26, 2011

Somewhere in my wanderings yesterday I forgot to save my droppings. Seldom in eleven years of writing nearly daily have a missed saving to various folders by month and year any of my daily wanderings. For some reason I had my days mixed up backwards or such forgot about retirement luncheon for a dear friend and promised to babysit my grand daughter on top of it. I read a good bit and argued with my dog over her sleeping habits and issues about how she seems to bark on a frequency only I hear at night. One issue I seem to have is time, lately it seems never do I have enough from dawn to dusk to accomplish what I want that day. I will admit many moments I find myself remembering stories about my dad but within my day dreaming, which I do all the time.

“Until you value yourself, you will not value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.” M. Scott Peck, 1936,, American psychiatrist, and author

I found this statement most intriguing and in a world where we continually try and save time and or speed up everything around since patience has been thrown out the door, time is an elusive quarry. Then I read this statement this morning I have been going over students scores of self esteem for several months looking for pieces to puzzles as to why they see them selves this way or that. I often am looking at family, friends, grades, age, and drugs, whether they are on medication or not. But in the end it is how a person sees themselves that is most crucial because it does interplay with all other aspects of our lives.

“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.”
Thomas Carlyle

In the cruel circular motion of lacking self esteem it is difficult to accomplish anything. Yet once that circle is set in motion and accomplishment how ever small is completed self esteem also rises forth and grows.

“Outstanding leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their personnel. If people believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.” Sam Walton

Often criticized for employee relations and for the mega-capitalistic Super Wal-Mart Stores since his death, the founder built his empire on building self esteem of his employees.

“Take away my factories, my plants; take away my railroads, my transportation; take away my money; strip me of all these, but leave me my people and in two or three years I will have them all again.” Andrew Carnegie

Many years ago I had this hanging on my wall in my office when I worked in the publishing industry. My father instilled this idea in me and as I look over results from my students. It is not about what program has been used, it is not what curriculum is used or text book. It is about that interaction between the teacher and the student. If a teacher can commit to their students as Carnegie did to his people success will be there and accomplishment and the self esteem of the students will improve. I started today on time, amazing how I wander. When teacher and student’s commitment, interaction, and trust reach this level, time becomes inconsequential. When time is inconsequential you can concentrate on commitment and accomplishment. Each day in the news I read words that keep me writing please keep all in harms way on your mind and in your heart.

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