How do you spell “Ideal Happiness” SPED Advocates?
Posted by: Teacher ia | on September 20, 2013
How do you spell “Ideal Happiness” for us SPED advocates?
To try to answer that question, I find this quote appropriate: “Happiness is a choice, Your Choice”.
Which leads to my next question, “If you were able to make your own choice today, will you still choose to advocate for special education?
I made my choice to be an advocate out of need. I have a child and husband who have ADHD. When we first got the diagnosis, it was not the ideal scenario I was envisioning when I dreamt of having a family. So can I still have my ideal happiness despite my family’s condition?
That’s why I find the above quote about happiness empowering. Because it says that my happiness is a choice. And whatever choice I make to find joy, is indeed, the ideal happiness that I deserve.
“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank…but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.”
-- Forest Witcraft (American Scholar)
However, is it real happiness? Or am I just saying this to make myself feel better?
“Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three.”
– Confucius (Chinese Philosopher)
Again, the above nugget of inspiration places the decision on me to determine what is “true” for me. In the end, a SPED advocate can be anyone – a teacher, parent, bus driver, canteen worker, utility personnel, store owner, professor, lawyer, a child, a grandparent, a single parent, and lots more. Whoever you are, you can be a SPED advocate because you chose this advocacy to bring you ideal happiness.
“Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers.”
– Richard Bach (American Writer)
And lastly, some words of wisdom from one of the great Filipino minds that ever lived…
“Habang iyang edukasyo’y nakaluklok sa dambana,
kabataa’y yumayabong nang mabilis at sagana,
kamalia’y sinusugpo sa tibay ng kanyang nasa,
nararating pati langit ng magiting niyang diwa;
sa siklab ng edukasyon kasamaa’y humihina,
alam niyang paamuin iyang bansang walang awa,
ang mabangis ay nagiging bayani ng kanyang lupa.”
– Jose Rizal
I spell my ideal happiness by doing one of these ten simple things that lessens my stress.
So smile, and watch how SPED Advocates can have fun sometimes.
Bill Sanders on Humor with Teachers
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