Heroes in the schoolhouse.
You. Yes, you. The quiet janitor who mops up the mess in the halls. Your meticulous, thankless job probably saves hundreds of illnesses a year. Maybe even a few lives. Hero.
You. Yes, you. You are kind even when you’re tired. You sort life changing messages from the distractions. You buffer administrators and teachers so they can do their job. Hero.
You. Yes, you. You could leave early some days but choose to do that maintenance that no one knows about. No one understands what you do. You do the right thing anyway. Hero.
You. Yes, you. There are children who love to read today because you took the time to help them find the perfect book. Hero.
You. Yes, you. The lunchroom staff who make good food. You take the long way because it tastes better. Your job, when done well, can save thousands of pounds of fat. Maybe a few lives as well. Hero.
You. Yes you. The administrator who is pounded on multiple times a day. You still make time to hi-5 kids in the hall. You find encouragement to give others even though you get far too little yourself. Hero.
Is everyone a hero?
No. There is a difference between having a job and doing a job well. The difference between just being here and being a hero is the “O!” The extra.
Just because you work in a school doesn’t mean you’re a hero. You just have a lot of potential to be one.
Thank the heroes.
That’s because the price of a being a hero is everything. Everything you’ve got and some you don’t. O! Because that is what heroes do… they give all they have in a cause worth giving it for.
O! Heroes get tired… bone tired. They wonder if they matter. They cry because they feel like a failure. They wonder if all the things they give up are worth it. They ask themselves if they should just quietly go live on Walden pond alone.
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