Practice Self Compassion and Compassion for Others

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ― Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

I am enrolled in a blogging class. One of our assignments was to read other blogs,  comment on them,  then create a blog of our own based on a blog that we read. I read a great blog by a gentleman, queasy paddy, whose blog is called A Drop in the Ocean.  He is sharing his journey as he tries to improve his health as part of a news years resolution. He is taking a break from alcohol. He is also a great poet. You can read about his journey  here.
Reading his journey made me think about how much we don’t know about each other. We don’t know the struggles that everyone we  meet and everyone we deal with each day are facing.  As teachers we often see our students struggles reflected in their behavior. Everyday we have to dig deep to ensure that we have enough compassion, love and patience to help but not enable.  That is sometimes a tough order, especially on days when our struggles are pulling at us.

Please don’t give up on yourself or your students.