I had a English teacher my junior year of high school who we all thought was a little nutty. The reason we thought he was nutty was because every Friday he would go around the room and make each and everyone one of us say something to the effect of, “I am somebody, I am important, I can do anything.” He would then say back, “You are somebody, you are important, and you can do anything.” If you mumbled it or talked too quietly he would make you do it again. As teenagers we professed that this was ridiculous, but I think each and every one of us on the inside appreciated the encouragement our teacher gave us.
In the years since then, I have often wanted to thank that wonderful teacher, I think he really taught us all an important lesson, especially since teenagers often think they are not worth anything. I’ve gained a lot of self confidence since then, and I feel pretty sure of myself. But I must admit when I have those “down” moments I look back and think of that teacher and how I felt every Friday.