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“Don’t Let Others Steal Your Day” is the message imparted here
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Title – Teaching Moment – Who Stole Your Day?
By – John Bishop
Primary Subject – Other
Secondary Subjects – Other
Grade Level – 4 – 7
Who Stole Your Day?
- Every day has the potential to be a good and, in some cases, a great day for you. Few of us get up in the morning thinking that we want this to be a bad day. Yet in many cases the day turns that way because of a person, an event or because we worry about something in the future.
This Teaching Moment is about those small events that can throw you off balance and negatively impact your day.
- Who stole your day? Was it a boss, an unruly child, the erratic driver on the way to work, not getting the “B” you expected on the history paper, a discourteous server at lunch?
- Every day there are numerous people or events that can prevent us from having a good day — if we let them. The key is not letting them “steal your day.”
- In many cases we cannot control what happens to us, but we can control how we react to these events. Lao-Tzu, a Chinese philosopher said:
He who conquers others is strong; he who conquers himself is mighty.
Suggestions for implementation:
- 1. Do your family members have suggestions on how to handle a particular situation? Keep it positive. This is a learning experience for everyone in the family. The idea is to share positive ways to keep you focused on what is really important.
- 2. Make this a fun discussion and a stimulating experience for everyone.
- 3. Learn to accept others. They may be having a bad day for any number of reasons. Take a couple of deep breaths and say to yourself: “I’m not going to let this steal my day.”
Questions for discussion:
- 1. Discuss with your family something that almost “stole your day.” Describe the event and how you handled it.
- 2. Do you notice a pattern? Are there particular people or events that seem to always steal your day — say, the drive to work, the bus ride to school, or the neighbor’s barking dog? Discuss with your family members.
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