Some people in this life help us to bloom. They help us to burst into the best life that we can achieve.
Some people reflect our very best selves. They show us the beauty that we hold inside of us, even when we are not aware of that beauty. Even when the doubters have made us question whether that beauty truly exists.
Some people see us as we wish ourselves to be seen. They shine a light on that hidden self that we all want to highlight.
These people are the “Builders” in our lives. They see and recognize the hidden strengths that lie within us; they hold those strengths up to the light, so that we become aware of how special they are.
These people, these Builders, allow us to find that hidden jewel that lies within each of us, so that we can use it as the foundation of the very best self that we can create. We recognize that jewel, that special gift, because those “Builders” have pointed it out for us. They have celebrated us in ways that we would never have achieved without them.
“Look!”, they cry, “This is YOU!” They hold up our strength, our humor, our compassion, our love, our honesty. They force us to recognize the unique part of ourselves that makes us stand out from the crowd. “This is you”, our Builders say, “This is why I look up to you, why I admire you, why I am so happy to have met you.”
We all need Builders in our lives.
We all need to become Builders for those around us who are struggling to find their own inner light.
I’m writing this tonight to thank my Builders. My sweet, thoughtful, brave, strong colleagues, who refuse to let me think of myself as a failure. You are my heroes!
My students, my kids, who surround me every day with trust and love; my wonderful students who show me the truth of myself, for good or ill, and who love me anyway.
Thank you, Builders.
Thank you for stopping me from believing the ghouls. Thank you for helping me to hold on to what I hope and pray is my real, true, honest-to-goodness teaching self.