We just never know the impact we have. And, we need to remind ourselves
of the impact others have on our lives.
A few weeks ago, I had an experience that reminded me of two truisms: 1. You never know who is watching and 2. You never know the impact you have on others. Let me set up the situation.
I was speaking to a group of mentors and family members of entering first-year college students. As each person entered the room, I gave them one of my H.T.R.B. wristbands. They stand for Hit The Reset Button and I use them to demonstrate a point about balance and well-being. The bands were inspired by one of my students. She had recently returned from the Iraq War with significant physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. (See blog post #71 Hit The Reset Button.)
Toward the end of my program I touched on the 6 dimensional wellness model that I often speak and write about (#5 Balance Is Not Necessarily Even). I then explained how the HTRB band came to be. I explained how my student faced daily struggles to just do the basic things most of us do without evening thinking or appreciating.
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When I finished my presentation I went to the back of the room. A lady came up to me smiling and told me that she is my former student’s mother! She told me that when she heard me tell the story to the audience she immediately called her daughter and told her, “The HTRB man is here and just mentioned you!” She pulled me into the hallway, called her daughter again and put the two of us back in touch. My former student still has challenges but sounded wonderful. She still has HTRB in her heart. We will be having lunch soon.
This is why I teach.
We just never know the impact we have. And, we need to remind ourselves of the impact others have on our lives.
What did you think of when you first saw the initials H.T.R.B.?
Sometimes, as an icebreaker activity before a program begins, I ask folks to write down what they believe HTRB stands for. The responses reflect creativity and humor. To close this week’s post, I will share some of the more intriguing submissions. Enjoy!
- How To Really Become
- Help Teach Reach Build
- How To Run Baby
- Help To Retain Brilliance
- Happy Teachers Retain Better
- How Teacher’s Really Behave [Oh, my!]
- Help Tomorrow Remain Bright
- Have The Right Balance
- Hot Tubs Really Burn
- Hail The Right Brain
- Help To Retain Basics
- How Teachers Retain (the) Best
- Hang Tight Right Back
- How To Really Believe
- Hungry Tiger Ransacks Paris [I’d like to climb in this person’s mind for a few moments!]
- Hate The Rude B****
- How The Right Behaves
- Hot-Tub Retreat Bench
- How To Relate Better
- Honored To Reign Brightly
- Hardworking Teachers Retain Better
And my favorite….
- Hold The Relish Batman
Enjoy your week—and H.T.R.B.as needed!
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