Oct 5th is World Teachers’ Day – Kindness Is What It’s All About

Think back to your K-12 school experience.  Now, I want you to recall a specific example of a kindness given to you by a teacher in the building – something that resonated with you.  I bet you can think of something and someone immediately — and I bet that you remember that person’s name. Teachers have those interactions with students every single day.

Fiddler on the Roof

A teacher from my past that comes to mind was Ms. Bell — my Grade 10 English teacher. I had just moved from Toronto to Calgary and I didn’t know a soul.  As I am not typically the most outgoing of personalities I must have looked like a deer in headlights.  Ms. Bell took me aside one day and told me that I was to come to rehearsal next week for the school musical – Fiddler on the Roof.  She wanted me in the chorus.  She had no idea if could sing – heck, I barely even talked in class. 

And for your information … yes, I can sing.  In fact, I sing in many keys all at once.  I consider it a rare talent.

Life is All About the Grey … But Does That Apply to Character?

As I get older I see more grey.  Ya, ya, ya … the hair jokes .. I get it.  Nice!

What I’m talking about are my observations that we don’t live in a binary world of ‘Yes or No’ , ‘Black or White’.  We just don’t typically live in “All or Nothing” scenarios.  Our world is a series of sliding position points along a continuum.   It isn’t static, measured once and labeled.  It is a complex, multi-dimensional, constantly evolving space.

Need proof?  OK.  Some examples that are right off the top of my head include:

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    Practice MAY make perfect

    Musical ability

  • Physical aptitude in sports
  • Cooking prowess
  • Home repair abilities
  • Computer use
  • Essay writing

The point being, we have some ability or knowledge in lots of areas — some are just more developed than others.  And in many cases increased practice results in improvement.

So our world is a patchwork of grey!  Different shades of ‘greyness’ which indicate our varying abilities.

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