One Teacher Can Make a DifferenceWritten by Bernice Becker
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I glanced at clock and realized it was time for me to get ready to leave. I put on my matching brown wool coat and hat trimmed with beaver that even I realized was becoming. The teachers looked at my outfit and seemed to admire it. I was able to read their lips a little and my ears perked up to hear, “Who is she? She really is cute.” My teacher’s answer was, “I agree; Bernice is adorable.” Adorable! The word grabbed me. It jolted me. It was just about my favorite word. A delicious warmth enveloped me with a new sense of awareness. Teachers would not lie. Maybe it was true. I looked pretty. This was a revelation to me. At that moment I made decision to be first child in my class to learn assigned tables. Whatever it took, no matter how much time, I would succeed. No one was going to stop me. This time I believed in myself. About one week later, Miss Pratt announced to class that Bernice was first one to learn tables and she told us she was proud of me. She handed me my first diary, gold key and all. I thanked her enthusiastically. The class smiled and clapped. For first time, I felt truly good about myself. I knew I had been motivated by Miss Pratt’s remark. This might not have occurred if I had not overheard those kind words. What a difference one special teacher can make! Miss Pratt, you’ll never know how much I’ve thought of you through years. I tried my best to be a caring teacher like you were. I believe I was successful. My classes always loved stories I told them about myself when I was young. Thank you for being kind of teacher you were. I hope you enjoyed wonderful life you deserved. Your Space Reflections, memories, ideas, wisdom thoughts, glimpses into your world, favorite foods, treats, dreams. Perhaps you have remembered a favorite story from your early childhood! Jot it down here and don’t forget to share it with others! Go for it!
Bernice Becker is a 84 years young author of her new book "Feel Good Stories". Reading the stories narrate foibles and adventures of growing up, marriage, teaching, and retirement, you'll find yourself laughing, crying, and delighting in the adventures of being alive. Visit http://www.storiestofeelgood.com to buy the book and get started on your own journey to feeling good!
The Disenchanted Forest, The Enchanted Self - A Tale of Female Development in a Strange LandWritten by Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein
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Now as I walked through forest verything changed for me. Light kept filling forest and when light was dim, I would remember women and how they taught me to light my own way-pull from my own passions and loves and what gives me delight. I would remember that my own potential can not be extinguished by negative words from someone else as it is my blueprint of who I am and my gifts to be shared. I knew a great gift had been sent to me by these women who had shared their stories with me. I was blessed. And immediately I knew that I a responsibility to send news far out over land. I was filled with passion that comes from knowing a special assignment had been given and I flung open my arms to all! I welcomed all in to receive this glorious news-We have capacity for delight and joy within! We are not victims of disenchantment! We are each able to use enchantment as a way to unfold our personal talents, capacities and convictions. We are not doomed to by mesmerized by darkness nor do we have to wait for a power to come from without! The power of elation is waiting within each of us! But just opening my arms was not enough-I had to take an instrument of wisdom and use it wisely. And so I did-for me often that meant taking pen or computer in hand. And that meant I reached out to you! And I am so happy that you are hear. I hope you will also take in your hand wisdom of Enchantment and begin to send it out into endless waves of positive energy and encouragement. I look forward to sharing many wondrous tales! For more information on how my search began please read professional paper I have prepared at: http://www.enchantedself.com/mentalhealth.htm
Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein , originator of THE ENCHANTED SELF®, a method of bringing delight, purpose and meaning into everyday living, is a nationally known Positive Psychologist. Visit her website at http://www.enchantedself.com and sign up for her free e-mail newsletter and upcoming teleclass.