• shelleybrill shared a letter in the Group logo of To the people we loveTo the people we love group 3 months, 4 weeks ago

    Have Confidence- You Can Do It!

    To people who are too hard on themselves.
    When I meet young people who have low self esteem or lack confidence it makes me sad. I was raised with a lot of love so I always felt special. But many people come from homes where there isn’t a lot of support. As a result there is no one to bolster them up when they fail. I wish I could be there for all the young people who need someone to tell them its ok to have setbacks. I would tell them they must keep trying because eventually they will succeed. And I will always be there to catch them if they fall.
    When I was a 7th grade teacher in New Jersey I had a student who was failing math. When I would meet with this young girl she told me she just couldn’t keep up with the class in this subject. She just felt getting a good grade would be impossible for her. She was sad and dejected. As a teacher, it was my job to bolster her up. So thats what I did. I gave her private tutoring sessions 2 times a week for several months. Slowly but surely her test scores went higher and higher. She started to feel more confident in her math skills. By the end of the year she had a B average in math. How very rewarding that moment was for both of us.
    I have learned so much by just journeying thru life all these many years. We all have our own personal strength that we can tap into when needed. I also believe we are not an emotional island. We must all reach out and seek support. If your heart is open you will find that there is love all around you. You just have to be willing to accept the miracle so appropriately put by Hilary Clinton.. It takes a village.


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    • Amen, it takes a village. I so love this. I also love that you were a teacher. This is one of the, if not the best job ever and you have to have a great attitude and love for children to do it. Teachers are not rewarded enough and it’s one job that’s needed more than any other. My daughter is a third grade teacher and I know she loves it. Children and teens need inspirational individuals in their life. It helps them to become more confident in themselves. It helps to build up their self-esteem in many ways and as you stated, help tap into their personal strength. Something we need to do.

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