A few days ago I had the opportunity to watch the movie The Blind Side. As my wife and I sat there watching the movie I couldn't help but
notice how "into" the movie we were. This was not the first time I heard
of the movie, however it was the first time I could watch the movie in
its entirety. At my high school we watched a short clip of the film as
part of a Character Education lesson during our academic advisory time.
Several students in my advisory expressed their love of the movie, and
as a result I put it on my list of movies to watch.
As educators we have taken a vow to not only help our students, but also
to positively affect the lives of our students. If you have seen the
movie then you know what I am talking about; if you have not seen the
movie then I encourage you to move it up on your list of movies to
watch. If the movie affects you half as much as it affected me, then it
will definitely be worth your time...
I wrote a post earlier in the year titled, Why you matter much more than you think,
and I believe the post has a ton of relevance to the movie. Every day
we have the opportunity and luxury of helping. That is what we do: we
help, we encourage, we guide, we support and we protect our students. We
do all of these things not because it is our job, in fact, I would
argue it has nothing to do with it being our job. We do these things
because it is in our nature to help...we do these things because they
are the right things to do...we do these things because we are human,
and to be human means to help...
As we approach the dawn of a new year, I encourage and challenge all of
us to do just a little more than in years past. If every one of us did
just a little bit more than in previous years, we will all be doing a
whole lot better! Your actions will always speak louder than your words,
but most importantly, your positive actions are highly replicable and
highly contagious. Enjoy this 3 minute clip and make 2011 a better year