"Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." ~ Dalai Lama
Have you ever come across someone that feels like their life doesn't have a purpose? Even though that person, in your eyes, lives a life that positively influences others? This is especially difficult for teachers when they have a challenging class or events outside of school in their personal life that influences them negatively. Teachers need to know that they always have a purpose, even if they don't realize it. Their purpose is sitting in front of them every day.
I've always believed that teachers have a great influence over students. I clearly remember all my teachers and the effect they had on me as a student and a person. Some may not have known the impact they were making, but I knew it, and so did the rest of kids I went to school with. The time and energy they put into their jobs so that we could have the best experiences possible where appreciated by everyone. Sure, there were days when their patience was tested and vice-versa. But in the grand scheme of things I was lucky! I was lucky because I knew my teachers cared. I knew that their purpose was to support me and my friends in any way they could.
So if you're a teacher who is struggling to find your purpose remember those faces you see every day. They are your purpose. You will influence them in ways you may not realize. They look up to you. They love you. They want to be part of community of learners with you. Some of them will get up and come to school just because of you. Your purpose is to support them as learners and young people finding their way in the world. I can't think of a greater purpose in life, than to be a teacher.
Do you remember your teachers as a child? Who influenced you the most? I'd love to hear about them.