We All Have a Purpose


"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.



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  • Dawn Telfer

    Thank you for this post! It is a message that so many educators need to hear at this time of year. I have shared the link with our staff. I remember so many of my elementary school teachers. It seems as though each of them has a small, lasting memory filed away. Perhaps my favourite was my gr.3 teacher, Mrs Lyle, who reminded me daily that "being left-handed is no excuse for being messy!" Hearing this over and over again was frustrating at the time, but it didn't take many years for me to realize that it was her way of helping me strive for my best.

  • David

    Hi Dawn,

    Thanks so much for commenting! I'm glad you can think back and find a positive in something that at the time may not have seemed to positive.

    Thanks for sharing :D

  • Sarah Sanders

    There are so many reachers I remember as a child. Some for the good, others not so much. The one that had the biggestt inpact on me was Mme. Heard. She helped me through a very difficult time in my life when I was in grade 7 and 8. I am not sure where I would be without her caring and compassion. I knew she cared about me and my future.

    This time of year as the end is in sight it is always hard to let them go off to a new class. This year is even harder as I prepare to leave my school for a new role. I hope that my students know, like I did, that they are trully cared for.

  • What a great reminder and a perfect time of the year to send it out! Teachers can never hear enough how important they are to the lives of the students whom they get the privilege of being a role model to, each and every day! I love your question and can immediately list off the names of most of my teachers from SK (no JK back in the day....smile) to my profs in University. There were outstanding ones, who had the ability to make me believe that I could be anything, do anything and reach for the stars. It's as if they knew me (even though I was one of the shy, quiet ones, who blushed when asked a question) and knew just the right dose of encouragement under the right conditions. I'd like to think that I embody some of those traits and continue to inspire others (students and educators alike) to believe that they are capable of taking on the world. Thanks for the post ~ it was a nice ride down memory lane for me :)

  • David

    Thanks for commenting Sue. Until your post I didn't even think of my university profs, I had some amazing ones! I remember vividly Dr. Eaves, my anatomy prof. He fancied himself quite the speller, especially when it came to anatomical names. He made a deal that if we caught him spelling a word incorrectly, then spelling wouldn't count for us on the final exam. It was a fun semester with him, that I'll never forget. It wasn't until the last week of the course that we finally caught him. But I think he did it on purpose...he was a great guy!