Little acts of kindness-A A +A
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
BEING a teacher is the most challenging trade of all. I say this because we don’t only teach people the skills and talents that they need to become potentially capable in their chosen paths but we also become a part almost even an inevitable part of their daily life. We perform the task of a teacher, mother, friend, sister, brother, counselor and at times, inspiration for little acts of kindness. We become too busy that we are already unconscious of other personalities that we perform.
Last year was one of the greatest that I had in my teaching career. I have rediscovered that life indeed isn’t fair but through hearts that care, this may not always be. I had a student whose parents had separated. He stayed with the mother who became the bread winner since the father ceased giving support. Because of limited finances, he contented himself with whatever is available. He uses his worn-out shoes to walk every day to school. His clothes may not seem to be enough thus wears the same every day. Seeing this and knowing the situation, his classmates shared their old uniforms and sweatshirts which became clothes of comfort on rainy days. Having a little, I did my part by paying his miscellaneous fees and never stopped giving moving words. These acts of kindness were his push every time he feels that he can never make it.
Little acts of kindness will never be too difficult as long as someone is willing. As teachers, we face various personalities every day. The more we open ourselves to these opportunities to help, the more we inspire our students to do the same, the better society we are preparing for the next generation. (Cielo Marie Bayson)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 26, 2012.