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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Are you a Leaner or a Lifter?



Day 15 of 80 Days of Excellence

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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As my students and I were watching a John Maxwell video yesterday, he quoted this poem which hit me between the eyes. I’m asking myself: do I intentionally lift or do I lean.

Do you lift or do you lean_

Now, admittedly, we all lean sometimes. That is the nature of being human. However, lifting, as Maxwell says, is intentional. You have to decide to lift up others.

Which Are You?

by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

There are two kinds of people on earth today;

Just two kinds of people, no more I say,

Not the sinner and saint, for it’s well understood,

That the good are half-bad and the bad half-good.

Not the rich and the poor, for to rate a man’s wealth,

You must first know the state of his conscience and health.

Not the humble and proud, for in life’s little span,

Who puts on vain airs, is not counted a man.

Not the happy and sad, for the swift flying years

Bring each man his laughter and each man his tears.

No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean,

Are the people who lift, and the people who lean.

Wherever you go, you will find the earth’s masses,

Are always divided in just these two classes.

And oddly enough, you will find too, I wean,

There’s only one lifter to twenty who lean.

So, today, as we ponder excellence yet again, let’s ask ourselves: do we lift or do we lean?

This post is day 15 of 80 days of excellence. I’ve created an email list below for those of you want to be emailed the full posts written as part of this series.

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