#ImagineIf #teachers were regarded with the same high degree of #respect (& compensated accordingly) as other higher-paying professions that often have less of a long-term impact as teachers have the potential to.
#ImagineIf if those who reached the highest levels of office & #leadership had better than the bare minimum of #reading & #writing #skills and understood how to use a computer or how to reason with #logic.
#ImagineIf we put as much money & effort into actually #educating people as companies do in convincing #consumers they need to have, do, watch & ultimately *buy* all the right things in order to be cool, #sexy, appealing, #healthy & #happy.
#ImagineIf there was less emphasis on mindless & endlessly repetitive TV, processed foods, and the “necessity” of alcohol in people’s lives and more emphasis on #mentalhealth, #healthyliving & #personalgrowth.
#ImagineIf after money no longer made any significant difference in #billionaire’s lives, they put their energy towards bettering humanity instead of simply increasing their wealth. See, for example, @elonmusk
#ImagineIf more people earned the #attention they get for being a #goodexample & setting high standards (See, for example, @therock) than they did for creating #controversy, being #hateful, or making spectacles of themselves for 15 minutes of #fame.
Of course, we *could* keep bickering amongst ourselves forever & what #fun that is! But consider for a moment that if our #education system was properly funded to provide useful #lifeskills & #knowledge we would at least have far smarter things to bicker about with smarter people.
If you’re starting to struggle with your #NewYearsResolutions it’s probably because you’re trying to initiate too much change at once. This leads to feeling #overwhelmed & quitting. Focus on making progress on 1 goal or 1 part of it & #keepgoing. Add complexity/more goals later.
Don’t let discouragement keep you from reaching goals within your grasp. Understand that facing setbacks & being discouraged doesn’t have to lead to quitting. Change your tactics & strategy as needed, but only quit if you know it’s best for you. Otherwise, keep pushing yourself.
Life knocks people down & it’s good at it. And if you get up it will probably knock you down again. #Thatslife, but it’s #nottheend of #yourstory. Always focus on what you can do from where you are. Rest if you must, but then #getup & #pushforward. #Challenges make us #stronger.
The world is not black & white and issues, advice, and thinking deserve far more consideration & critical thought than just yes/no, agree/disagree, right/wrong. Binary thinking is a plague on progress. Thoughtful, logical discussion, regardless of the topic, should be encouraged.
What works best for some people doesn’t work for others. There’s no single recipe for living a fulfilling life that works for everyone. Educate & better yourself as best you can & be cautious when considering advice that tries to limit or define you. Your life & limits are yours.
Too many people spend too much time dwelling on the moments that make them feel #weak & not enough time dwelling on the moments that make them feel #strong. Remember, whatever you #focus on grows stronger & you control what that is.
Some of the finest, most exemplary people you know of are still just people. And people have good days & bad days and boundaries & limits. Being a #kind, tolerant, open-minded & empathetic person doesn’t mean you have to sit silent & put up with other people’s #bullshit.