The Teacher who almost died by suicide.

(A word of encouragement changes everything)

I once heard the story of an elementary school teacher, who had been widowed as a young woman, and had not remarried but spent all her energy pouring herself into a small group of students she taught, year in, year out.

Unfortunately, despite her efforts, a good number of them repeatedly turned out to be rascals and rebels, largely due to the unhealthy environment in which they lived. And over time, the elementary teacher became depressed.

One day, alone in her room, on a cold December night, her feelings of emptiness and depression hit harder than ever. As she lay in her bed, contemplating thoughts of suicide, her phone rang. And rang. And rang.

Finally, she picked up. "Hello". "Hello ma", answered a fine baritone voice. "My name is Harry." "Hi Harry", the woman slowly responded. "How can I help you?".

The man continued, "You were my teacher ma’am, several years ago. But you were more than that, you were the mom I never had.”

You not only taught me my subjects, but you taught me life principles that laid the foundation for the success I have today, in my family, and in work. It’s because of you I’m the man I am today. And for that, I’m deeply and eternally grateful. If you don’t mind, myself, my wife and kids would be coming to spend Christmas with you, hope that’s okay?

Tears misted in her eyes. It was the best Christmas she ever had.

This Christmas, we all could be Harry. Carefully thinking of all who have made significant impact in our lives, and giving them the gift of our gratitude.

And don’t look too far in thinking of whom to say thank you to. Start with those closest to you. Your family, your colleagues, or perhaps, a faithful, trustworthy employee, or a kind boss.

In the end, we all want to feel like we are making a difference in the life of another human being;

take some time to say thank you to those that have made a difference in yours.

Happiness lies on the other side of gratitude.

Make someone’s Christmas this season. Give them the gift of your gratitude.

Merry Christmas to you my friend.

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Dipo Adebayo

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I am a water engineer, softskills coach, writer & teen counselor. I write on hope and rising above shame, rejection, fear & failure. Follow on IG @dipoadebayo