Miller School of Albemarle

Headmaster’s Corner

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“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” (Eric Hoffer 1902-1983 Philosopher)

So, what do you hear in assemblies the most – We stick together, and we take care of each other. For me, that’s kind of a natural concept because that was often what we did when I grew up. The part that was different then from today was that we did so in several different groups. We had our classmates who knew we were going to succeed because we were willing to do the work; however, we usually tried to help those who were having a hard time. They didn’t need to ask for our help; we just offered it to them. What we learned was that it probably helped us as much as it did them. Have you ever tried to tutor someone – it really helps you understand what you are explaining.

We did the same on teams. We all knew that we wanted to win, but it was going to take the entire team to win. For those who were struggling getting into shape or learning a play, we would usually offer a tip or a hand or show them how to do something after practice. They appreciated it, and out team got better. Nevertheless, we didn’t do it because the coach told us to do so; we just knew it made sense; but, you know, the people we helped never forgot it.

We even did the same in the neighborhood. In those days we hung out at each others’ homes shooting baskets or throwing some kind of ball. We all became philosophers or psychologists when we tried to help each other solve problems from home, among friends, or, frequently, of love.

What did it cost us? Not much, perhaps a little time, but as they say – those were the best of times. What does this mean for you? In fact you know: you know someone who needs a smile, a hand, or a pat on the back. You know because that’s the kind of person you are. Be kind to someone today.

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Written by Miller School of Albemarle

December 10, 2010 at 9:03 AM

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