So often in the fast paced world that we live in we forget that it is the simple things that can bring the most joy. We all strive for perfection and sometimes feel like we never do enough or that what we do does not meet the standards that we have set for ourselves. I was thinking about this today and wanted to give you a couple examples of people who do what they can and take pride in what we deem as the simplest things in life.
Jeff was telling me a story about a young lady at his school. She is in the Choices program which is a class made up of kids who have severe disabilities. These kids may never function in what we call the "real world". They will never be doctors, lawyers, or teachers. Many of them may end up living in a group home with other individuals like themselves.
This young lady at Jeff's school has a job that she performs everyday. Her job is to clean the cafeteria tables everyday after lunch. Jeff said that she does this with a smile on her face and pride in her step. He said it is very obvious that she is proud of what she is doing. He said that it shows in her work. She does a great job, and she knows it.
I experience similar situations at my school. Many of the kids I teach do not fit in with the norm. Their disabilities limit what they can do or will do. When I have kids like this, I always try to give them little jobs to do everyday. It may be as simple as opening the door to let a teacher in the building, going to a classroom to pick up another student or delivering something to the office. I could do these particular tasks, but I know that it makes some of my kids happy to get to do them. I have on little boy in particular who can always tell when I am going to ask him to do something. When I say, "I want you to take this to the office." He stands a little taller, and puffs out his chest and says, "Yes, sir." When we comes back I thank him and tell him how much I appreciate his help and he beams with pride. Not only does he feel good about himself, but I feel happy to see the sense of accomplishment on his face.
As you go through your daily life, I want you to think about all of the tasks that you take for granted. Think about the jobs that you perform and don't like doing. There is someone performing that job and getting a sense of pride and satisfaction for a job well done.
Thank you all for your words of congratulations and encouragement in my recent addition to A Primitive Place Magazine. I am very excited and honored to be a contributing writer. I hope that I will do a good job and be a valuable addition to their team.
My Best to You Always,
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