Rather Than Shame, Learn From Mistakes

“Are you sitting on the bench because you’re injured?”

I had recess duty for 5th and 6th grade during a guest (substitute) teaching assignment and spotted a boy sitting on the bench.

“No, I’m in trouble.” He shuffled his feet and bowed his head.

I could see the shame he felt so I said, “Well, the important thing is that you learn from your mistake. We don’t have to be ashamed of making mistakes.

We all make them and sometimes we make the same ones more than once but hopefully, we eventually learn not to make those mistakes. Whatever it is you did, learn from it and do better next time.”

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What Four-Year-Old Children Have to Teach Us

I enjoy the contrast in my guest (substitute) teaching work. Yesterday I had challenging seventh-grade boys and today I had 4-year-olds at pre-K.

The little ones are a challenge to keep in a line to get down the hall but they are so cute and loving!

One of the things that fascinates me is they have not yet lost their creativity and imagination. They build with blocks and tear down their creations repeatedly to start over.

I participated in one little girl’s play acting today. When I questioned on her on a couple of points she looked up at me and commanded, “Pretend!” Her tone came across like “get with it!” :-)

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Patience ~ From “Hurry Up” To Patience

John, my seven-year-old grandson, came up to me while I stood at the kitchen counter fixing lunch, “Grandma, Eddy (5) needs to learn patience. He tells me to hurry up all the time. I don’t like it.”

“Okay,” I agreed thinking this would be a good thing to teach Eddy because his constant “hurry ups” irritated me too. Learning the virtue of patience would be a good thing to teach a little boy.

Later, I stood at the counter again slicing an apple. Eddy came up and asked for a drink of water.

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Beauty Comes From Serving With A Cheerful Heart

“Hi, how are you tonight?” I looked up behind the counter at Braums (ice cream and small grocery store) to see a big smile on the face of a woman with graying hair and glasses.
I pulled my groceries closer down the conveyor belt. She continued to be joyful as we chatted about the weather and small talk.
“How nice to have someone so cheery. Proverbs says that a cheerful heart is good medicine.” I smiled at her.
“Well, I try to be. I enjoy my customers, meeting them and talking with them.” She put my groceries in a bag.
“It’s good that you like your job. To be satisfied with your work is a good thing.”
She pulled the debit card through the register and smiled again, “Yes it is and I do enjoy my job.”
Preoccupied with the conversation I started to walk out the door.
“Wait a minute, don’t forget your groceries,” she handed me my bag with a big smile on her face.
Sometimes we underestimate the value of those who serve us and think that youth and physical beauty are what count. We forgot that the beauty of cheerful service from young or older can make a difference in our daily life.
Her cheerful heart overflowed into mine and was not only good medicine for her but for me too.
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A Treasure Restored

“I can’t believe it!” I heard a young woman exclaim as she grabbed the glass Christmas tree sitting on the shelf. “This is exactly like the one I broke that belonged to Grandma!” She beamed.

I stood in the aisle at our local Goodwill store on New Year’s Day.  I watched her reach down to pick up the glass Christmas tree. She turned to her young son and showed him the tree. Then she picked it up and cradled it in her arms like it was a long-lost treasure.

Her joy captured my attention so I smiled at her, “Well, this is God’s gift to you!”img_4807

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Best 5 Tips From A Two-Year-Old To Get Unstuck

“I’m done. I want to get down.” Two-year-old Jonathan sat at the table. He stared at a plate full of celery and carrots chopped up into small pieces.

“Are you finished eating?” His aunt Rebecca asked.

“No.”

“Well, then you need to finish eating your carrots and celery.”

He waited a few minutes. Then he ate the carrots.

“Can I get down?”

“Are you finished?”

“Yes.”

Rebecca looked over at his plate, “You need to finish eating your celery.”

Jonathan squished his eyebrows and turned his mouth down, “I don’t like it. I want to get down.”

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Famous In The Eyes Of A Few

“Mrs. Gibson, are you a substitute for our class?”

“No, I am sorry. Not today.” Her lips turned into a pout.
“I sure wish you’d come to our class.” Another boy told me as we stood in the cafeteria of the intermediate school.

When I reached my 5th grade classroom assignment, a girl ran up to hug me. She looked up at me with a big smile, “You’re going to be our sub today!” A couple of others reached out to give me hugs.

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83 Year Old Woman Inspires Strength To Work

I noticed her hunched over the shopping baskets in Walmart. She’s a greeter, a tiny lady with gray hair but she is strong! We have chatted before so I stopped to talk to her when I went Walmart today. I shared that I felt tired from teaching at the high school all day.

She leaned on a shopping cart, “I am tired too. I don’t bounce back the way I did when I was 70. At 70 I could work 8 to 10 hours a day, drive home and get my energy back by the time I arrived home.”

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Gratitude Does Not Deny Pain

Gratitude does not deny pain and suffering.
Gratitude enables you to bear it.
Gratitude gives you the power to overcome.

In everything give thanks. . .

He who offers thank offerings honors Me and
prepares the way for Me so that I may
show him the salvation of God. Psalm 50:23

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The True American Spirit

My car broke down over the weekend. My son-in-law, Carlos helped me fix it. He discovered my oil needed changing. While he worked on it, he sent me to Walmart to get oil and a filter.

The automotive section had closed. I stared at the myriad of choices in oil filters, confused about which one to buy. I had used the machines but I couldn’t find the number they recommended.

I spotted a man and his family who turned down my aisle. I reached out and asked if he knew how to figure it out. He didn’t know but his teenage son stepped up and pulled out his iPhone. He asked me the make, model and year of the car and began to search.

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