Thought for the day…

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I read something today that really stuck out to me and I thought I would share it with you…

A teacher was lecturing her high school students on the importance of a good education. She pointed out the janitor in the hall and told them if they didn’t stay in school, they’d end up like him. Then one of her student’s raised her hand and reminded the teacher that the janitor was her dad.

This short story really spoke to me…and before I start, please don’t mistake my meaning…I believe very strongly in getting a good education! The problem here is society’s expectation of what is good and acceptable and what is, apparently, “low class”…”working class”.

When I was working in Supply Chain Management, I HATED what I did. Every day, I dreaded going to work. I was making a lot of money though, and I was a educated and doing all of the “right” things to get me ahead. As I spent long hours, I watched my employees. They were so happy. They came in, worked hard and then went home and enjoyed their lives. My contemporaries would complain about their job, but of course were glad they weren’t doing what our employees did.

After my experience in China teaching and over the past year since I decided to become a kiteboarding instructor, my perceptions have completely changed. Just because you aren’t working in a corner office making the big money doesn’t mean you aren’t educated or smart (and I really think you can be smart without being educated). It doesn’t mean that you are somehow worth less as a human being and it doesn’t mean that you should be ashamed of anything.

People work the jobs they work for so many reasons…maybe they need the money, maybe they can’t find anything else, maybe it is just what they have always done or what they think they are supposed to do or maybe they just really love it.

Whatever the reason is for people choosing their careers, it is not for anyone else to judge. We all have enough faults of our own before we decide to start judging others.

So, my friends, I really just wanted to say… Be kind to each other. Remember that everyone is different and we all have our own way to go in life, there is no “right” way. Next time you see someone that you find yourself looking down on…remember this other little story..

When I was at West Point, if people saw someone running slow, they would usually make a negative comment about it. It became a joke to say, “you don’t know how far they have run, it could be their 10th mile!”. There is a lot of truth to this. You never know how far someone has gone, so give them the benefit of the doubt.

Have a great day everyone!

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