A Gift of Hope For My Students


This was my youngest class so far that I have taught. I felt like I just got done teaching four weeks at a summer camp.

We had so much fun learning and I can’t remember laughing this much in a long time while we played games to learn English.  And I always tried to leave them with a pearl of wisdom to help them through life’s trials and tribulations.

For example, we discussed the 8 tiny habits of happiness which included: Being the most respectful person you know, forgiveness, integrity in achievement and simply believing in yourself.

The one the students found the hardest to do was forgiveness.

We also had a presentation on hope which is the belief or expectation that you can do it.  Hope is active.  It is showing up for the hard work like coming to class and learning.  Hope is not to be confused with “wish” which is passive.


Teacher, if you could give any gift what gift would you give?

Answer: The Gift of Hope.  Never, Never, Never Give Up!

We also discussed a recent article in the local paper which identified the state of  Oaxaca as having  one of the highest suicide rates in Mexico for youth under the age of  twenty four.  It listed a number of reasons, for example, poverty and abuse.  The students also identified bullying as another potential cause.  All of which can lead to a sense of hopelessness.

I hope they all have good lives.

Remember, hope is a good thing.

Truth, Wisdom, Love and Sincerity, to ALL Mankind.

Rob Scott,

Oaxaca, Mexico



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