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Friday, February 3, 2017

The Friday Five: Quotes that Inspire

I'm linking up again with Tracy at the Caffeinated Counselor and Kimmie at Elementary Nerd to bring you another Friday 5!  This week we are sharing 5 quotes that inspire us - in the classroom or just for life.  While some may consider inspirational quotes to be cheesy or cliche, I love a good motivational phrase.  Here are my favorite 5 quotes!

This quote was in my email signature for all 10 years I worked in public education.  I actually mentioned it in a blog post a few years ago.  It is my most favorite teaching quote, and I worked hard to remember it every day.  It's so easy to get caught up in curriculum, academics, getting to lunch on time, etc., that the most important part of teaching - the soul of teaching - can get lost.  No matter how awesome my lessons might have been, I know my students would probably never remember them.  What they would remember is how they felt in my care, that they loved Kindergarten and felt valued.  This quote really applies to every human interaction we have.  People won't remember the details, but they will remember if they felt respected, cared for, and appreciated!

I wish I was more like Mother Teresa and less like myself.  What an inspiring woman.  She has many quotes to live by, but I love this one about smiling.  It is shocking to me how many people do not smile back at me at the grocery store or in the hallway of the school building.  When someone does give me a smile, it actually lifts my mood.  Brain research has proven how important it is for babies to be smiled at, and they biologically desire to smile to express emotion.  It's true for adults, too - and smiling doesn't just help the recipient, but also the smiler!  I think the world would be a happier place if we all smiled more!

This was my favorite quote as a teenager, and it is the quote I included in my senior yearbook.  It is so easy to get caught up in what other people think about us, that we sometimes stifle our behavior or hide our true feelings.  I love the idea of enjoying life - including singing and dancing - without fearing the judgement of others.  Those that have seen me on a wedding dance floor already know that I'm pretty good at applying this quote to real life.  And luckily for me, Kindergarteners appreciated my singing even though it's not what anyone would consider accomplished.  ;)  

Sad, but so true, right!?  Ha!

Confucius nailed it with this one.  As an educator, I was so blessed to live this every day.  Going to "work" never felt like work.  I wish this for everyone.

This is a Bible verse - Proverbs 31:25. I found this verse when my mom was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer, and it described her perfectly.  Despite the hardships and unknowns she was facing, she trusted the Lord, became stronger than ever, and did not let fear take away her joy for life.  What a beautiful verse for all of us to live by.

I'd love to hear your favorite 5 quotes (or even just your top one) - comment below to share!  And visit Tracy at the Caffeinated Counselor and Kimmie at Elementary Nerd to read theirs!

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