“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
This quote is amazingly powerful. It took me a while to understand its meaning, but after reading it over and over I finally understand it, or at least I understand what it means to me.
This quote, I believe, is everything that we should be teaching our students as physical education teachers. We all want our students to shine and be the best that they possibly can and we are there to guide our students into discovering their full potential. I feel that it is our RESPONSIBILITY as teachers to do everything within our power to bring out the best in our students. If there is something you can to do make your students more successful I believe that it is our obligation as teachers to do whatever it may be. We signed up to be teachers and I believe that going the extra mile comes with the territory.
“We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
What is it that holds you back? What is stopping you from being everything that you have always wanted to be? Is it something that can be fixed? And why are you letting it hold you back? We ask ourselves these questions, and a lot of us know the answer, but not all of us have to confidence within ourselves to fix it, but why not?
Being a teacher and being responsible for the education of America’s youth we need to be able to answer these questions for ourselves so that we can better help our students overcome these issues, or help the students to avoid these questions all together because we have taught them to never let anything hold them back. It is our job to build the confidence in our students so that they never have to be asked why they are not brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?
“And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.”
This line in the quote is the perfect example of the importance of teaching by example, if we, the teacher can have the confidence to not let anything hold us back then we can be a spectacular role model for our students.
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.”
No one should ever be afraid of being outstanding at something no matter what it may be. If everyone tried their best, would never have to worry about shrinking so that others do not feel insecure.
Furthermore, there should be nothing that we let stand in our way or the way of our students, that doesn’t let them, be everything that they can be, and accomplish everything that they have ever wanted to. As teachers we should be teaching students that it is absolutely ok to stand out at something. That it is so important to give everything your best shot, and the importance of being open minded.
Teachers, we are the ones who are guiding children along their life path. This should be taken as an honor. We are the ones who are chosen to help teach, guide, be role models, positive influences and make positive impacts on the lives of all the children we work with. Children are innocent and only know what they have been taught and what they have experienced. So why not teach and set up experiences that allow children to be nothing but incredible and successful? Wouldn’t you want to be taught by a teacher that set you up for success and always believed in you?
I can honestly say that nothing makes me more frustrated then when I am observing with a class and my host teachers says how much he or she hates a class because they are a rough group. You know why they are a rough group? Because the teacher is not doing everything that they can to bring the best out in these students.
“It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.”
This is the attitude that I think should be used when teaching. Every single student has the potential to be successful, and it is our job as the teacher to figure out the best possible way to help our students be successful.