Today, I received a letter from a former student. She thanked me, in specific terms, for a way that I had helped her. I can't begin to express how much her letter moved me. This was an act of great generosity on her part--and it has changed my view of myself and my job.
I've been a bit down lately, career-wise--nothing major or serious. But at times, I wonder if, after all the laughs and smiles and applause are over, I've left a mark--hopefully for good. I've wondered if some of the ways my family struggles because of my job choice are justified by a larger good. I've wondered if I've touched anyone's life, or just made a few classes fun.
It seems that, for at least one student, the answer is "yes," and I am probably as grateful to her for telling me that I made a difference as she is to me for making a difference. There's an interesting symmetry in that. I helped her at a hard time and she did the same for me.
Life is good.
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