Being a “Word Nerd” definitely has its side affects. I collect words. I love words. I love the origin of words, the invention of new words and the evolution of words. I’m pretty certain I’m the only person I know who waits for Webster’s to come out with its “Word of the Year.” It’s pretty much up there with the Oscars or Grammys. And, no. I’m not kidding.
I also love the power of words. For as long as I can remember, I’ve collected sayings and quotes for whatever reason. Sometimes, I’d clip them and use them in scrap-/memory-booking activities for my family or Girl Scout Troop. Sometimes, I’d write them in a journal solely dedicated to motivation and inspiration. Maybe spiritual. Maybe physical. Maybe intellectual. Sometimes, I’d save them simply because of the giggle or grin they’d bring to me at the moment or because they dumbfound me with the ignorance that pervades some people when they speak. Outloud. In public.
I’ve taught middle level students for over 20 years, and sometimes no matter the cartwheels I do, they still lack motivation or inspiration for any writing assignment I give, much less for life itself. So, I decided to devote part of my week to sharing my little nuggets of inspiration with them…and let them decide what the message is. Hopefully, one (or more) of them will find light in the passages I share, and they, too, can clip them and put them in their own little treasure chest for future use.
From Today’s Quotes:
- Facing it – always facing it – that’s the way to get through it. Face it! ~ Joseph Conrad, British author, considered to be one of the first modernist writers
- Your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing. ~ Abraham Lincoln (I would hope most of us know who he was)
- None will improve your lot if you yourself do not. ~ Bertolt Brecht, politically-infused German playwright
- Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kids, Let’s go.’ ~ Maya Angelou, American author and poet
- One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. ~ Sigmund Freud, Austrian psychiatrist and father of psychoanalysis
Now, I usually introduce these and let students sit on them for a spell. Then, we talk. I don’t normally encourage 100% conformity, so I accept pretty much any and all interpretations they offer. Again, it allows me as a middle level educator to see where their heads are at…even when it may be lightyears from where my head may be at! That’s what makes each discussion so unique. The whole purpose is to read it, reflect on it and determine whether it meets “inspiration level” in our own minds…and then determine why or why not.
I’ll share more little pearls of wisdom I’ve shared with my students. Maybe next time, I’ll share their reads on the quotes. It really doesn’t get any better than that!
Until the next chapter,