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Be a “Ray of Light” when someone can’t be…The 30 Goals

February 1, 2011
by teachingwithsoul

Goal 1 today in The 30 Goals Challenge is to Be a Beam.

When I thought about how the idea of “being a beam” reflects in my practice, I thought of it more as a Ray of Light.

How can I be a Ray of Light for someone who needs one, especially if they don’t have the energy or ability to be the “Ray” themselves? I find this to be particularly true for many new teachers. As they are new to the practice and sometimes feeling overwhelmed, being a “Beam” can be challenging. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak…remember that saying? So to be that Ray of Light for a new teacher is very important to me.

I work with a mentee who just graduated with her BA in education. She’s presently seeking a program to be able to move forward and get her teaching credential. She came to me a few weeks back asking me all kinds of questions about what program to look for at what college. We talked it out in my home office and I could see that she was tired and overwhelmed.

After a few weeks she finally found a program to apply to and asked me to write her a letter of recommendation. It was something I was more than happy to do. It was also something that she was overwhelmingly grateful to receive. So much so, that she left me this beautiful thank you note:

That was my Be a Beam…Ray of Light moment.


Be a beam and show support for a colleague or student by the end of today! Don’t forget to reflect about the goal after you achieved it and share!

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Comment by Courtney Jablonski on February 3, 2011 at 12:10pm

Thanks for sharing such an important message.  We often overlook the simple things we can do to make another's life easier or a little brighter.  I couldn't help but think of Carol McCloud's book, Have you filled a bucket today? Although this is a simple picture book meant for primary students, people of any age can take the message and run with it.


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