I'm here because I want to be...
How many of us are "here" because we want to be? How many are led to their current journey by chance or by force and are simply going through the motions day by day? How many are doing the bare minimum to "get by," trying to find stimulation and joy elsewhere, often in things and experiences that will simply mask the unhappiness? I have led that life and I know the toll it takes. I also know the life of choice...getting up each day loving where I am and appreciating life's offerings. And the ironic thing is that I was often in the same job, the same mode, the same schedule each time. The difference was my attitude.
Mrs. Davis also said that she gives the kids an opportunity to retool and retake any exam they fail. As she put it, "I am not here to watch a student fail. I love to teach and I want them to learn. I'm here to help make them a success." As an educator for over 20 years, I appreciate this selfless philosophy so much. She is putting the student first. She is giving them opportunities to learn, even from their missteps. She is encouraging them to soar.
When I think of this attitude of selfless care, it reminds me that this is also the way that we learn from our Heavenly Father. We are allowed to make mistakes and missteps. We are allowed to not always grasp the answer. We often fail our tests. But if we seek knowledge and understanding and truly learn the lesson, we are promised success! We will soar! We are given an "A." And that, my friends, is a grade worth working for!