I was once called the Quote Queen by a student (under his breath) who had obviously grown tired of seeing them and interpreting them each day. I suppose there are worse names to be called, so I accepted my crown and scepter — vowing to reign over my subjects and predicates, making them learn to agree with each other for the rest of my life. He had no clue that I would somehow take his sarcastic remark and magically transform it into a compliment, but that’s what teachers do — we make magic.
Even before I ascended to the throne, I had declared that we would start each class period with a quote for motivation and to get us thinking in anticipation of the day’s lesson. One of my favorites is a simple one.
Do or do not. There is no try. ~Yoda
That’s a profound statement, and I think Yoda said it best. At first glance (a cursory one I might add), I disagreed with Yoda. I believe that effort affects everything, so if you try but fail, that’s still better than not trying at all. Upon further inspection and much critical thought, I believe he meant something entirely different. I think he was referring to one’s character and commitment.
Let your communication be yea, yea; nay, nay: anything else is from the evil one. ~Matthew 5:37
In that regard, I see his point and agree completely. In the grand scheme of things, all we have is our word. Keeping it is key. I would much rather be remembered as an honest woman who keeps her word than a fickle one whose opinions and commitments change as leaders come and go.
Sage advice can come from unexpected places — even creepy, little Star Wars beings. When you make your next decision — big or small — think of Yoda, and simply say Yea or Nay.
You seem to make magic of the simplest things. You excellently developed good sense from great quotes. <3
Thanks, my friend. I’m determined to add value to my life and to the lives of others through writing this year. In order to meet that goal, I must continually pray, listen, and write. 🙂
Dear Michelle, “Pray, listen, and write” and “determined to add value to my life and to the lives others” expresses commitment to seeing your opportunity to teach as a sacred duty. May the universe have enough sense and heart to support your efforts to the limit of your potential.
Wow! Thanks for that beautiful prayer, Jean. When our thoughts are in line with the creator’s, everything just naturally falls into place. 🙂
Sage advice indeed! 🙂
An amazing post Michelle! You are a true word magician.
Thanks for the high praise and the challenge, my friend. You made me work hard these past three days.
Oh, but the results are astonishing! Will keep you n mind for the next challenge 😉