Listening

Listening is not wanting to talk. - Scott Ginsberg

Wherever...

Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow. - Anita Desai

The world needs to hear...

The world needs to hear more about what you're for than what you're against. - James Barnett

Ordinary

Learn to write about the ordinary. Give homage to old coffee cups, sparrows, city buses, thin ham sandwiches. Make a list of everything ordinary you can think of. Keep adding to it. Promise yourself, before you leave the earth, to mention everything on your list at least once in a poem, short story, newspaper article. - Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones

Skies

I will learn to love the skies I'm under. - Author Unknown

Happiness

Happiness is a form of courage. - Holbrook Jackson

Deal with Fear

We have to deal with fear because it is possible that it will make us miss the best parts of life. - Jennie Allen

Protection from the Nonsense

Great leaders protect their staff from the nonsense and expose their staff to all that cultivates growth and joyful learning in school. - Mary Anne Sacco

Her Father

To her, the name of father was another name for love. - Fanny Fern

The Gift of this Moment

Not reaching back for what was lost in my yesterdays. And not reaching for what I hope will be in my tomorrow. But living fully with what is right in front of me. And truly seeing the gift of this moment. ― Lysa TerKeurst, Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl

Do...

Do nothing without joy. - Loris Malaguzzi, founder of Reggio Emilia schools

Help

You don't need a reason to help people. - Author Unknown

Gentle is the one...

Gentle is the one who does "not break the crushed reed, or snuff the faltering wick" (Matthew 12:20). Gentle is the one who is attentive to the strengths and weaknesses of the other and enjoys being together more than accomplishing something. A gentle person treads lightly, listens carefully, looks tenderly, and touches with reverence. A gentle person knows that true growth requires nurture, not force. Let's dress ourselves with gentleness. In our tough and often unbending world our gentleness can be a vivid reminder of the presence of God among us. - Henri Nouwen

Life is not easy...

Life is not easy. Your hard probably doesn't look like mine --- it shouldn't look like mine. We each have our own stories, but they don't belong to us. They belong to the Lord, and he wants to use them to inspire and strengthen and encourage and make the world a better place. This is why they aren't always easy. If they were, we wouldn't see Him. He weaves our stories together. - Ruth Ayres

My Opinion

Laugh as much as you choose, but you will not laugh me out of my opinion. - Jane Austen

Live

If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live. - Lin Yutang

Nonsense

...the privilege of friendship -
to talk nonsense,
and to have the nonsense respected.
- Charles Lamb

Practice

Practice doesn't make perfect. Practice makes permanent. - Frank Serafini

But sometimes...

But sometimes, when you take two ordinary things and put them together at the same time and in the same place, there's nothing ordinary about them at all. - E. B. White, Charlotte's Web

Gratitude

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. - Melody Beattie

Delightful

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage - it can be delightful. - George Bernard Shaw

Trustfulness

Trustfulness is based on confidence in God, whose ways I do not understand. If I did, there would be no need for trust. - Oswald Chambers

Boys

Young boys should never be sent to bed...they always wake up a day older. - James M. Barrie, Finding Neverland

Alongside

When we write alongside our students, we know the struggles they are going to face and we build a trusting community. - Brian Wyzlic

In the Meantime

Faith is about how you live your life in the meantime, how you make decisions when you don't know for sure what's next. What you do with yourself between the last time you heard from God and the next time you hear from God is the ongoing challenge of a life of faith. - Cece Winans, On a Positive Note

Busy

Stop the glorification of busy. - Author Unknown

Too often...

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. - Roger Lewin

Let Them

Love your children enough to let them make their own mistakes while they’re still under your protection. - Dave Ramsey

Right there beside me...

Missy could fall down and hurt herself even if I'm walking right there beside her. That doesn't mean that I allowed it to happen. She knows with her father's unconditional love, I'll pick her up and I'll carry her. I'll try to heal her. I'll cry when she cries. And I'll rejoice when she is well. In all the moments of my life, God has been right there beside me. The truth of God's love is not that He allows bad things to happen. It's His promise that He'll be there with us when they do. - Janette Oke, Clark speaking in Love Comes Softly

Friendship

I breathe easier with her in my life. Friendship does that. - Charissa Steyn, Steyn Family Adventures

Promise

For I am the Lord, your God,
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
Isaiah 41:13

How personal that promise is. Not "I will give you a map", but "I will take your hand." - Liz Curtis Higgs

Faith is admitting...

Faith is admitting that I don't always know what you're doing, but I know who you are. - J.J. Heller

His Best Work

Always remember: When you can't, that's when He does His best work. - Carole Lewis

Unless we reach...

Unless we reach into our students' hearts, we have no entry into their minds. - Regie Routman

No Matter What

I do not fear what my future holds. I can't. I can't spend the energy anticipating the next horrible event. I am choosing to anticipate the next great provision, whatever provision that may be. I am choosing to believe that no matter what, even if God calls me home tonight in my sleep, He never stepped off His throne. He simply brought me closer to it. - Heather George