Hello there, world-changing paragon! Yes, I’m talking to you.
I know that you have been really busy lately. You might also be feeling a bit distracted or disheartened. I’m certainly feeling my way through some tough stuff right now.
Gun violence has marked my life in a significant and personal way. Every time we go through this nonsense in America, everything comes up for me again. These days, that means I experience re-triggering feelings nearly every day. I’m exhausted and, frankly, boiling with rage at the state of things in my country right now.
Sometimes, everything feels impossible. I see violence and inequity nearly everywhere I turn. But I also see universal magic, compassion, complex beauty, and unbridled joy. This reminds me that the world is worth saving and that, in the year 2000 when I began working in Montessori, I signed up to save the world.
Being a leader in work and life is taxing stuff. You’ve probably been so focused on the details that you forgot everything you do in your work is because you are going to save the world right along with me.
You’re actually in the process of doing it right now. Did you forget that’s what you are here for?
When you decided to become an educator, when you chose to be ignited by Dr. Montessori’s words, you signed a spiritual agreement to save the world. That’s what we’re doing here.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the words of the good doctor herself:
“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they lived.” -Education & Peace
“Peace is a practical principle of human civilization and social organization that is based on the very nature of man. Peace does not enslave him; rather, it exalts him…And because it is based on humanity’s nature, it is a constant universal principle that applies to all human beings. This principle must be are guide in building a science of peace and educating men for peace.” -Education & Peace
“All our efforts will come to nothing until we remedy the great injustice done to the child, and remedy it by cooperating with him. If we are among the men of good who will yearn for peace, we must lay the foundation for peace ourselves, by working for the social world of the child.” -International Montessori Congress Lecture, 1939
(All quotes in this section can be found on the AMI Global website.)
Peace and justice for everyone, that’s the goal here. No big deal, right?
Here’s the thing, I already know that you know that world peace is the ultimate goal of Montessori education. But I had this sneaking suspicion that today was an important day to remind you of this.
You are a peace-maker.
You are a world changer.
You are a light for children.
You save the world every day.
When the world has you down, let this be a mantra you lean on. Every time you show up at your school and give your best to the humans in your environment, you heal this hurting world. You are a part of the solution.
Weaving peace, showing love, making space, celebrating joy. Thank you for signing up to save the world. We need you right now and I am so glad that you are here.
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