Never judge me til you walk 39 days in my moccasins...
I often find myself thinking this in times of success and in times of challenge. Right at this very moment, I want to scream this quote to everyone, everywhere.
I am really struggling with the horrendous posts on facebook and other social media about the two boys who made a mistake!
They made a mistake!
They may never be able to fully comprehend this mistake, but it was a mistake. They did not set out to burn their skin off, they set out to get high.
They may not have weighed up the consequences, they may not have made a good choice, they may not have been informed but at the end of the day - They made a mistake!
When I think through all the pranks I have been involved in, all the fun we have had, all the risks we took, I know that I have been very fortunate. As I think of my own two children, and all that they have been involved in, I know that we are very fortunate.
The point I am making is this - leave them alone, stop judging them, stop ridiculing their decisions. Instead, use your energy on caring for those around you, speak a kind word, give a hug, listen a bit more closely, care a little bit more, and count your blessings.
Next term I am determined to spend a lot more time with my class considering risks, thinking through consequences... but mostly, I am going to model, encourage, and empower our learners to think before they judge, before they criticise, before they mock....