How many languages do you speak? Which one you master the most?When I started my career as a teacher, seventeen years ago, I mastered the language of discipline. My vocabulary was limited to rules, regulations, reward and punishment. Little by little I was taught other strategies and started to put them into practice. Last night, attending the graduation of one of the promotions I had taught in their early years and taught again in their middle years, I reflected on my journey. Several trainers, educators and books had inspired me and transformed me from a teacher to an educator. I shifted to a magical language, the language of love; unconditional love.
Working with preteens and teens, they seize me with the greatness each one holds within. It takes each one just few drops of unconditional love to blossom, bloom and flourish. My dictionary got updated. Love, acceptance, understanding, empathy, compassion, respect, motivation, encouragement, appreciation, admiration, tolerance and genuine care became my favourite ingredients in cooking the young souls I deal with, hoping to help them happily surpass the hard stage called adolescence.
When we are nurtured with unconditional love, we become more confident, we develop higher self-esteem, we start to accept our flows and pay more attention to our strengths, we feel free to try and fail, we become courageous and most of all we learn to love ourselves and others.
What’s the language you use with your beloved ones? What are the words you repeat the most on the interval of your day? Do they align with the outcome you aim for?