The Greatest Love of All

A friend of mine has done several posts this month based around songs.  Tonight, I draw my inspiration from her.

I can remember being a middle schooler and attending a leadership conference of some sort in Northwest Indiana.  At that conference, one of the closing songs was Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All.”  It spoke to my heart then– and it does now.

The opening lines sum up why I became a teacher:

“Greatest Love Of All”

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

Everybody’s searching for a hero
People need someone to look up to
I never found anyone who fulfilled my needs
A lonely place to be
And so I learned to depend on me

[Chorus:]
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I’ll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can’t take away my dignity
Because the greatest love of all
Is happening to me
I found the greatest love of all
Inside of me
The greatest love of all
Is easy to achieve
Learning to love yourself
It is the greatest love of all

I believe the children are our future
Teach them well and let them lead the way
Show them all the beauty they possess inside
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier
Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be

[Chorus]

And if, by chance, that special place
That you’ve been dreaming of
Leads you to a lonely place
Find your strength in love

I think every teacher can use a reminder of why they got into teaching– especially with the pressures we face today.

Reading these words again reminds my why I got into the business of education.  I want to make a difference in the world.

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