AS I BEGIN TEACHING TODAY
(A Statement of Gratitude)
I am grateful that my work is meaningful to me.
I am grateful that I am helping others develop skill, discipline, competence, self-esteem, confidence, creativity, mental acuity, coordination, sensitivity, and variety of other skills and abilities that help them be more fulfilled human beings.
I am grateful that others entrust me with their time, their musical education, and their stories.
I am grateful for my students, and for what they share with me, and for helping me learn to be more flexible and patient.
I am grateful for the parents and for their interest in their children.
I am grateful that, through the gift of music literature, I am able to keep company with the thoughts of master musicians.
I am grateful for my teachers who taught me this wonderful art.
I am grateful that I’m in a field with an infinity of things to learn, and that I can always choose to learn and teach something new and interesting.
I am grateful that I am an educator, and that something I do or say today might ripple through the generations and touch someone two hundreds years from today.
I am grateful to be who I am, where I am.
(adapted from Forrest Kinney)