why goodness matters: words from mom

Posted on August 9, 2007


Jim DineHere’s a warm and wise blog post from Living, Loving, Learning. We’re just excerpting them here, so be sure to click over to their site and read all of these inspiring quotations.

Mom is always saving things for me, newspapers, magazine articles, and books are almost always stacked up at her door waiting for me. The other day she had a stack and in the middle of it I found this gem from an old issue of Family Circle magazine. Mom had torn a page out for me knowing how much I love great quotes. At the top of the page were the words “Why Goodness Matters” and splashed all around a darling picture of a little girl with flowers behind her back were some fantastic quotes. Thanks to Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt for compiling this collection of Words to Live By. Here are the quotes that I especially liked.

Success means we go to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that served others. –Marianne Williamson

I love this. Imagine how different the world would be if this were actually how we all measured success.

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we will not find it. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Amen. I know this is a bit of a stretch, but this reminds me of in-service. I get so tired of hearing teachers complain about in-service and professional development opportunities. I think they are travel the world searching for the answer to all of their classroom woes. They can’t possibly find that answer in another person if they haven’t found it in themselves first. Does this make any sense to anyone but me? I think in everything we do, we must search ourselves first.

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