Strength and courage

Strength and courage

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage”. –Lao Tzu

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Lao-Tzu (also known as Laozi or Lao-Tze) was a Chinese philosopher credited with founding the philosophical system of Taoism. He is best known as the author of the Tao-Te-Ching, the work which exemplifies his thought. The name by which he is known is not a personal name but an honorific title meaning `Old Man’ or `Old Teacher’ and there has been countless speculation as to whether an individual by that name ever existed or whether Lao-Tzu is an amalgam of many different philosophers. The historian Durant writes, “Lao-Tze, greatest of the pre-Confucian philosophers, was wiser than Teng Shih; he knew the wisdom of silence, and lived, we may be sure, to a ripe old age – though we are not sure that he lived at all” (652). If he did exist, he is thought to have lived in the 6th century BCE. Read MORE

[Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy]
The power of gratitude

The power of gratitude

Teacher Whitney Cole at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Sacramento knows how powerful gratitude can be, so she has her sixth grade students keep a gratitude journal that is impacting her students beyond the classroom.  []

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

• Gratitude journals
• 3 Things that you are grateful for
• It forces a happy end to the day
• Everybody can find success in their gratitude journals
• Saying thank you
• Being grateful for what you have
• It might make a hard day turn into an easy day
• I’ve actually changed
• It continues, it starts becoming part of their everyday behavior
• They are still inspired
• They have high hopes for their future
• You get to shape who they are
• Then you get to watch them fly on their own
• She means a lot to me




I do it because it helps

I do it because it helps

“One can’t do without humour, one needs more and more in the world today.” – Estelle Bryer.

Estelle is 88 years old. And she regularly gives of her time and her energy, to entertain residents living in retirement homes. She is a shining example, that we are never too old to make a positive difference in the lives of others.”  Green Renaissance

Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :

• It’s a name I’ve always tried to live up to
• My mission in life
• Whatever I do I have to try to be an example
• So there you have it
• It’s kept me going
• Enthusiasm is a warming quality
• I joined this group
• Who think they can still sing and dance
• Retirement home
• And we entertain the oldies
• Senior citizens
• It’s nice being on the stage
• Stand up comedian
• I make them laugh
• I can connect with the audience
• One can’t do without humor
• I do it because it helps