“Your pants look great!” I commented to a student busy at his locker engaging in negative self talk.
Under his breath he continued muttering, “I hate these pants. I look stupid. Why did I even wear these pants?”
I had seen this student in these “pants” before… a pair of khakis that hung big on his slender frame. Hand-me-downs. Truth be told, even in his hand-me-downs, this student stands out in school. He is friendly, energetic, excited to learn, and hard on himself when he makes a mistake. The boy pulls on my heart strings… He stops by my class to greet me in the morning, and my day ends with, “Great class, Mrs. Dixon! Can’t wait to come back tomorrow!” Wow!
In that moment in the hall, I was reminded of the tell-tale question we all ask ourselves, “Am I good enough?”
The answer is simple. “YES!”
Confidence is an internal seed that needs nurturing to grow. Many of the youth today are bombarded with images of what they should be. The biggest gift I give my students is the sunshine, rainwater, and rich soil… Conditions that nurture, encourage, and grow self worth.
The next time you hear negative self talk, be the sunshine, rainwater, and rich soil. Answer the age old question, am I good enough? with… YES!
This blog is dedicated to Lorie Lyon and Dora DeBoer who have been blogging role models for me this year… Thank you! I forgot how much I loved writing!