Okay, it’s time for a bit of Rocky’s philosophy and it applies to you.
It’s about getting up after you have been knocked down. It’s about how we need to keep on punching and keep on going.
What does Rocky say? Try this for a pick me up quote….
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”
It’s what Rafe Esquith talks about in his book There Are No Shortcuts.
We teachers are all boxers. We get hit a lot. I’ve been knocked down so many times I’m often woozy. But I’ve learned something in…the classroom: all teachers, even the best ones, get knocked down. The difference between the best ones and the others is that the best ones always get up to answer the bell. May you always get up. It is a child ringing the bell, and he needs your help.
Teachers shouldn’t be quitting and throwing in the towel. We are better than that! Rocky or Esquith, take your pick but they are both saying that the next time we find ourselves feeling defeated and we start to blame others or the system for our woes, get up and keep on going. Bounce back and never give up….Yo, Adrian!