This probably will be one of the laziest blog entries I ever post, but I found this poem in one of the books I was reading earlier this year for my education psychology class. I wanted to hang onto it on same way since, even though it’s used a lot in graduation cards and speeches, I think it could be used at any age to build engagement, and some level of inspiration, in a classroom community. Who knows. Maybe it will bring some sentimental motivation to your own day as well.
If there were ever a time to dare,
To make a difference
To embark on something worth doing
It is now.
Not for any grand cause, necessarily –
But for something that tugs at your heart
Something that is worth your aspiration
Something that is your dream.
You owe it to yourself
To make your days count.
Have fun. Dig deep. Stretch.
That things worth doing
Seldom come easy,
There will be times when you want to
Pack it up and call it quits
Those times tell you
That you are pushing yourself
And that you are not afraid to learn by trying.
Because with an idea,
Determination and the right tools,
You can do great things.
Let your instincts, your intellect
And let your heart guide you.
Believe in the incredible power
Of the human mind
Of doing something that makes a difference
Of working hard
Of laughing and hoping
Of lasting friends
Of all the things that will cross your path
The start of something new
Brings the hope of something great.
Anything is possible
There is only one you
And you will pass this way but once.
Do it right.