A good teacher is phosphorescent

Teachers need to be inspired so that they, in turn, can inspire others. https://ateacherislikeacandle.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/candle-inspiration/

My latest inspiration comes from a novel “Phosphorescence” by Dr Julia Baird.

It’s the best book I’ve read in a very long time. It spoke to me over and over again, I felt like it was written just for me.

It’s Julia sharing her wisdom, gleaned through combatting cancer, fighting for social justice, and years of study and hard work. She talks about the importance of relationships, of connecting with nature, of speaking your truth.

And she refers constantly to a person’s inner light; how we can stay bright when the world gets dark.

There are also chapters about connecting with nature, building strong friendships, holding on to faith or at least a sense of sense of spirituality, and learning from the past.

I do think that teachers sacrifice a part of themselves to truly make a difference for their students. Unlike most other professions, every decision we make, both at school and outside of it, is made in consideration of the needs of the kids we teach. In that way, we’re like candles.

But I also love the idea of teachers being phosphorescent. We light the way for others with our strength, out boldness, our own happiness and joy.

For if we are not lit from within, we have no light to share.

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