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WHO YOU ARE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE

A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First, she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class.

Then, she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, which read, “Who I Am Makes a Difference.” Afterwards, the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then, they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom, and report back to the class in about a week.

One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then, he gave him two extra ribbons and said, “We’re doing a class project on recognition, and we’d like you to go out find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then, please report back to me and tell me what happened.”

Later that day, the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down, and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and give him permission to put it on him. His surprised boss said, “Well, sure.” The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss’s jacket above his heart.

As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, “Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra ribbon and pass it on by honoring somebody else? The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school, and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people.”

That night, the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, “The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office, and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius.

Imagine. He thinks I’m a creative genius. Then, he put this blue ribbon that says: ‘Who I Am Makes a Difference’ on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor. As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon, and I thought about you.

I want to honor you. My days are really hectic, and when I come home, I don’t pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes, I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You’re a great kid, and I love you!”

The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he couldn’t stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, “Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom explaining why I had killed myself and asking you to forgive me. I was going to commit suicide tonight after you were asleep. I just didn’t think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs. I don’t think I need it after all.”

His father walked upstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain. The envelope was addressed, “Mom and Dad.”

The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch but made sure to let all his employees know that they made a difference. The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life…one being the boss’s son.

And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson. Who you are DOES make a difference.

8 responses

  1. Mr Felix,
    Thank you for posting an inspirational story to share with the world. I will have my students look at this tomorrow and see if they can post in your blog the moral of the article and their thinking.
    Do you know I think I am going to try this project with my students. Recognizing others is so vital to each students personal learning.
    Look out for many posts tomorrow morning our time. Your blog is watched closely by my students and they really appreciate how you interact with them by taking the time to comment on their questions for posts.
    If your students have epal emails, if you would like to send them via email to me I can start my students preparing some wonderful introductions about themselves for your students to be surprised when they can get into the internet.
    Kind Regards
    Mrs Joyce your friend from Australia 🙂

    March 6, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    • Hello Mrs Joyce,

      I am really glad to hear from you. Yes my students do have e-pals address but with the problem with internet connection it has hinder their contribution towards these exciting program and I am still struggling searching for individuals and cooperate bodies to help us to connect with the internet and to allow my students and teachers to share what they have with your students and teachers and students and teachers across the globe.

      Once again we thank you so much for your time to share with us what you have and I and my students do really appreciate what ever you are doing for us.

      Cheers
      Kankam

      March 6, 2013 at 12:44 pm

  2. Reblogged this on 56J Our Classroom and commented:
    Students of 5/6J and global friends. Mr Felix our Teacher friend from Ghana posted this lovely story in his blog tonight. Take a look at it and go on the Ghana blog and place your thinking. I think that we should discuss trying this project in our classroom. What do you think?

    March 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

  3. Jake

    That was so heartwarming, and Isay that itis amazing what one ribbon can do, even save someone from commiting suiside and having a great amount of love into his family and that felt likethat came out of a tear making book. I fell so inspired and now to give my famiy 10,000,000 percent more love into my family. <:)

    March 6, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    • Thank you Jake……this is a story that brought tears in my eyes when I was writing them, Its time to show the world and the people around us how much we really LOVE and CARE for them….

      Lets come together to make this world a better place for all of us to live….. Together We Stand.Departed We Fall

      Cheers
      Kankam

      March 6, 2013 at 11:38 pm

  4. Kayleigh :-)

    Hello Mr Felix,
    It’s Kayleigh. How are you?
    I think the stroy is very inspiring because everyone is different and that’s okay. I think that it is okay to be different because everyone is different and you can make a change in the world. It is a realy insperationle story that you are sharing to the world. I think that the story is proving that it dosen’t matter who you are, you CAN MAKE a difference. Thank you for sharing the amazing story.

    March 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    • Hi Kayleigh……..

      I am doing fine and great and nice hearing form you and than you so much for taking time to read my post…You are always welcome to our blog and feel free to share with us anything that you want to……

      You can make a difference and lets start today and share the difference in us with other people across the globe.

      You are Kayleigh and I am Felix …each of has something unique to share. So lets come together as one and build a better world for us all.

      Cheers
      Felix

      March 6, 2013 at 11:43 pm

  5. Thank you Sir

    March 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

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