Tutor: A Tutor’s Thanks
We have so much to be grateful for
(I first published these thoughts in 2022 but hope that I can articulate my gratitude better this year.)
The life of a tutor isn’t all gold stars and graduation parties, is it? Sometimes, even the best professions become burdensome and drive us to both despair and disparagement. How can we maintain perspective on work we love? A wise man (specifically, Douglas Wood) once said the following about gratitude:
“The heart that gives thanks is a happy one, for we cannot feel thankful and unhappy at the same time.
The more we say thanks, the more we find to be thankful for. And the more we find to be thankful for, the happier we become.
We don’t give thanks because we’re happy. We are happy because we give thanks.”
Let’s take this opportunity to cultivate happier hearts by offering a modest Tutor’s Thanks.
Thanks for the parents who trust us.
Thanks for the educators who inspire us.
Thanks for the fans who recommend us.
Thanks for the colleagues who teach us.
Thanks for the family and friends who support us.
Thanks for the resources that develop us.
Thanks for the curriculum that structures us.
Thanks for the professional groups that enrich us.
Thanks for the competitive forces that drive us to improve.
Thanks most of all for the students, without whom we would not be tutors.
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