A leader is a dealer in hope.
I retweeted this quote on Twitter this morning as it reflects what students need at school and we all need in life – hope. Hope that the future holds wonder, love and forgiveness. Hope that it will all be OK. Hope there will be laughter and joy. Hope the the glass is half-full!
In recent days I have been reading, often from educators, many quite depressing ‘glass half empty’ posts or comments. I am sure they see it as critical thinking or cutting through the hype. It can feel like being optimistic is a kind of naiveté.
Of course, I too, stone in hand, am guilty of this sometimes.
I believe that many students and colleagues hear many comments and take much criticism that is unwarranted. How often does a young person hear something negative about the world of technology and their use of smartphones, Facebook or the web? Feedback and honesty is important but spending our days feeling that the world is not what it used to be or somehow is less, is not the way to live.
I have written about similar themes previously but feel sure that Alone Together, a terribly unbalanced, “primly sanctimonious” and negative book by Sherry Turkle, tipped me over the edge into posting this morning 😉
While writing this I was reminded of a clip I saw a while back from a talk show that made me laugh. Enjoy.