If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
~ Meister Eckhart ~
gratitude in the classroom
Imagine if every school taught their students to feel the power of gratitude? I can’t help but wonder what a tremendous impact it would have on this beautiful world we all are so blessed to share.
Last week I shared a blog post about how my best friend, a grade two teacher, is using the powerful music of Paul Luftenegger to help teach love, peace, and kindness in her classroom. I walked away from the class knowing without a shadow of a doubt that where love exists everyone and everything is quietly changed for the better.
Love also lives in the heart of those of us who are willing to pause and feel grateful for all they have been given. It’s easy to moan and complain about what we don’t have or how unfair life is, but it is far more powerful to lift our eyes to the heavens and say thank you.
Each day, my best friend and her class of grade two students gather in a circle and give thanks for something in their day. Sometimes students choose not to share, but more often than not they are brimming over with excitement to feel gratitude for something in their day. I have been blessed to sit in this circle a couple of times, and it is so very special. Many of the students thank me for coming to take pictures of them. I, in turn, thank them for welcoming me to be a part of their day.
The gratitude these children share at the end of every day certainly does not stay locked inside this circle. Instead, it flows freely in their lives. It arrives sweetly in journals, on small scraps of paper and handmade cards.
In my last post, I wrote about the amazing Paul Luftenegger and how the grade two students in my best friend’s classroom adore Paul and his music. Their gratitude for this man and his music overflows from their hearts. Their teacher shared some of the entries she has found tucked inside their journals.
thank you cards
In a classroom circle time the students expressed how they wanted to thank Paul personally for his beautiful music. One of the children suggested they should make thank you cards.
Soon paper was folded to make cards, and the children got to work pouring words of thanks and drawing pictures to accompany these words for their “friend” Paul. Their hearts so pure and filled with love towards a man whose voice drifts from an old cd player at the back of the classroom every day and in turn changes the lives of little children. Many of the students are new to the country and their English not always clear, but the thanks they feel comes shining through.
when you let your light shine
Life is filled with miracles! When we have the courage to let our light shine it illuminates the path of everyone who arrives there. Paul Luftenegger courageously allows his voice to flow out into the world and his music and his heart are changing lives. The grade two students are changed. Their teacher is changed. I am changed. All because a young man found his way into a music studio and trusted that his gift was worth being heard.
Gratitude for Paul and his beautiful voice flows freely in the grade two classroom. I find I learn so much from children and their openness to what matters. My prayer for each of them is that they find their own “music” and let it flow freely in the world, just like their friend Paul.
God gave Paul the gift of music, and he is changing lives because he had the courage share his gift with all of us. The road has not always been easy for him, but he wakes every day with the intention to spread peace and love through his music and his life. The beautiful thing is that is exactly what he is doing.
share your “music”
If we each awoke every morning with the open hearts of children and the intention to spread love like Paul and my best friend Jacquie, imagine the change we could make on this planet. So have the courage to share your gifts and at the end of the day pause and give thanks for all you have been given! Let’s spread love all over this world, one heart at a time!