I will admit that in my world of teaching, I can get so bogged down in what is not going on that I can easily overlook the power of one. One teacher. One student. One life transformed.And so today I offer a simple yet profound quote from author Edward Everett Hale:
I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
More money, more resources, and more time would provide a certain motivation and freshness, I suppose. But I must never forget that though I may be only one teacher, I am one teacher, and this one life can and ought to intentionally seek out one life each day to touch. Never minimize what your life or my life can do in the classroom for one student.
Set aside disappointment and the lofty expectations of this day and embrace the “I can do something” mantra. And then actually do something. And see a life touched.