KEEP SMILING


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Well, it was not a bad day today, at all – Classes are adjusting to my Dalai Lama approach and we are making progress. Overcoming what seemed a daunting challenge has brought many rewards already.

It’s a great feeling to already be positively acknowledged and validated by individuals who are not necessarily forthcoming with praise; why would or should they? They are, after all, teenagers.

One boy wanted to take me home because he loves me! I was offered somewhere in the region of £65 million to come and stay with him and his family! Aw…bless him! I’m “100% the best teacher ever!”, according to this pupil!

Then on the bus home, I was surrounded by raucous, high-spirited girls who wanted to know how I could smile all the time. Instead of my “because I’m weeping inside” response, I told them that I think it’s important to spread the positivity and joy. Apparently, according to one, this is a real talent.

I am exhausted but in a good way and feel blessed to have this new opportunity to grow.

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About neverblendin

David Watters, a graduate of Napier University, Edinburgh, Trinity College of Music, London and the Institute of Education, University of London, has worked internationally within education and Educational Management for more than 20 years. He has taught extensively within many socially and culturally diverse settings; most recently as a Head of Performing Arts within Further Education. He is a personal and professional development associate with The Pacific Institute (www.pacificinstitute.co.uk), personal coach, freelance writer and founding member of NBI Associates. He is a writer on social equality issues, is a key player in the Equal Love Campaign UK and author of the forthcoming book, NEVER BLEND IN which features key voices from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and which aims to inspire and encourage those who may lack self-esteem or who question their validity. David is currently promoting a youtube campaign"Give 'em Hope"and is asking individuals, couples and groups to make and share videos telling about the benefits of living with personal authenticity. He has shared a platform with Stuart Milk and Peter Tatchell and is a supporter of 17-24-30, The Trevor Project, Schools Out, The Terrence Higgins Trust, The Albert Kennedy Trust and numerous others. His background in arts and education, combined with a solid understanding of Cognitive Behavioural Strategies, and his passion for Equality Advocacy drive every aspect of his work as a personal development facilitator, motivational speaker and writer. View all posts by neverblendin

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