The picture and quote above are from a calendar I have hanging in my classroom. In addition to teaching 7th-grade ELA, I also teach two sections of 7th-grade religion. Currently, we are working on a chapter on miracles. We have studied some of the miracles performed by Jesus and those attributed to various canonized saints in the Catholic Church – many of whom led the lowliest and most humble lives. This is the line from our textbook that I have had my students focus on – “We reach out with compassion to people who are suffering, and we work the “miracle” of kindness.” You don’t have to be religious to work these little miracles; you just have to be kind and compassionate and have faith that your actions are planting seeds of good.
How do we work “miracles” of kindness and compassion?
- healing somone with kind words
- going out of our way to help someone
- doing a hidden act that brightens someone’s day
- helping a friend make the right decision
- bringing an outsider into the circle of friendship
As teachers, so many of us work these little miracles for our students every day. You know the things you do to bring kindness and compassion into your school environment. These past few years have been challenging and exhausting for each of us in many different ways, and I bet we could all use come miracles ourselves. What would it cost us (money, time) if we started doing “miracles” of compassion for each other?
What could these “miracles” look like?
- a couple pieces of candy left on a desk
- a note in a mailbox
- a card sent to a home address
- a bookmark
- a funny meme
- a surprise morning coffee or tea
- an acknowledgement of a great project
I am sure you could add to the list, so feel free to put some ideas in the comments. It could be something small or something larger if you are able or so inclined. March is a LONG month with no breaks at my school. I am going to focus on ways to work “miracles” of kindness for my colleagues. You never know if you will be the one to make a real difference for someone who is having a challenging day/week/year.
We can’t heal the world today but we can begin with a voice of compassion, a heart of love, and an act of kindness.Mary Davis
I am participating in the Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by twowritingteachers.org