I was watching the news last night while making this for a teacher/colleague.
Amongst the many things about this teacher that I admire and want to emulate is her ability to see the goodness and strength in every person she meets, and to see possibilities for resistance, change and growth even in the most dire situations.
It is not only that she sees strengths and goodness and possibilities. More importantly, she reflects it back to the person, lovingly pointing out what she sees and cheering everyone on, which makes everyone feel good about their abilities and wants to do good in the world.
While watching the news last night, like many across the world, I felt incredibly sad and angry. Angry at the senselessness of it all. So angry that I thought if the world really does end on December 21 it wouldn’t be half bad.
But actually I don’t believe that the world will end on December 21.
Instead, I believe that we can all be agents of change, encouraging the good in one another.
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
― Jack Layton