March Writing Challenge- Day 9: Has A Teacher Ever Changed Your Life?

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There was a teacher who was my 12th grade English teacher who had this knack and love for teaching that went beyond expectations. She really loved her job and made sure no child was left behind.

There was a writing assignment that we were to write and it was to be a fiction piece based on a particular theme that we pulled from a glass bowl. I thought it was fun until it was my turn to pull a paper out from the bowl.

When I looked at the paper, the theme I had pulled was to write a fictional story about someone who woke up and found out it was the end of the world. Now, I know the known writing rule is for you to not start a story about the character waking up, but that was the hardest part. I was NOT to start off with the character waking up even though that’s what the paper said I’ve chosen.

I had three days to write, as do everyone else who had to write a theme based on what they pulled from the bowl. It was difficult for someone like me as a 12th grader who loves writing to have trouble putting the story together. So, the day before I was to turn it in, I buckle down and write and write as the creative juices started to flow effortlessly. When I turned it in the next day, she immediately started reading it. I didn’t know whether to stand and wait or sit and wait. So, I chose to stand and wait.

When she stopped reading and looked up at me with a serious expression, my heart dropped. She slowly took off her glasses and said, “Pamela, I can tell you wrote this story from your heart, but also at the last minute.” I don’t know how she knew that, and I was hurt until she said the next line.

“The story sounds great and is extremely creative, but I can also tell you held back. Don’t be afraid to go there. Go as far as you can go, and keep going. The ending of this story is surprising and really good how the main character thought all of this was happening and to find out it was only a dream…” She was telling me.

When she studied it more and continue to tell me not to hold back and be as unique as I am, I can accomplish a lot more. Though I received a B grade, I truly felt like I have done better than my best until sometimes later I went back to read it and saw what she saw. I could have done better. (I did wrote an essay one year that ended up inside a glass encased bulletin for all to walk by and see.)

I remembered she also said to me that I like to play it safe instead of just going there and not worry what others would think and say. There are days now that I still occasionally think that way and that memory of my 12th grade teacher and that moment will come to the surface and remind me what was said.

Thanks for reading.

You Only Live Once, Enjoy Life- #loveandpeace

There comes a time in your life when you have to take a step back and realize how precious life is.

So much heartache, attacks, killings, and just plain evilness that goes on in our lives and what we see and hear on television and social media.

We can’t give into the hurt and pain that are flooding this world and trying to take what light and love we have left.

Had a close call with a family member this week and thanking God this person is still here. Suicide and homicide play a major part in this world. It makes you think, wonder, and not taking life for granted.

Love one another; but, keep distance from those who exude negativity.

If you dislike something a person say or do, think before you act. And ask yourself if it is worth it.

Let love and light fill you up with positivity.

One love. One heart. Let get together and feel alright.

—Bob Marley


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Motivational Speaking For You

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We all need a little inspirational a time or two- sometimes more if needed. A little boost to help us push just a little further to reach those heights that seem unreachable. You can reach those heights, fight a little harder, and climb over the boulders that are blocking your path. Troubling times can get you down, but remember, nothing can affect you if you allow it.  Like I said times before, overcome those obstacles that come your way.

Here’s a list of quotes to motivate and inspire you when you’re feeling the blues, and to remind you how special you are and not to give up. You  are indeed special and can conquer anything. Don’t give up and remember, hard work with dedication and motivational will pay off in the long run.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
Harriet Tubman

Believe with all of your heart that you will do what you were made to do.
Orison Swett Marden

Everything that happens to us leaves some trace behind; everything contributes imperceptibly to make us what we are.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second.
Logan Pearsall Smith

“In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.”

“Unless you’re willing to have a go, fail miserably, and have another go, success won’t happen.”
Phillip Adams

“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect It’s successful outcome.”
William James

“I believe life is to be lived, not worked, enjoyed, not agonized, loved, not hated.”
Leland Bartlett

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.





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