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You can do and use the skills that you have.
by Dave Eggers

You can do and use the skills that you have.
The schools need you.
The teachers need you.
Students and parents need you.
They need your actual person: your physical personhood
and your open minds and open ears and boundless compassion,
sitting next to them, listening and nodding and asking
questions for hours at a time.
- Dave Eggers

It's not that our family has no taste,
it's just that our family's taste is inconsistent.
- Dave Eggers

The house is a factory.
- Dave Eggers

Status in itself is criminal for those with the means to move,
and the means to weave communion between people.
- Dave Eggers

 

You know, it's been proven that 35 to 40 hours a year
with one-on-one attention,
a student can get one grade level higher.
- Dave Eggers

People are strange, but more than that,
they're good.
They're good first, then strange.
- Dave Eggers

And what we were trying to offer every day was one-on-one attention.
The goal was to have a one-to-one ratio with every one of these students.
- Dave Eggers

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They took my mother's stomach out six months ago.
- Dave Eggers

Through the small tall bathroom window the December
yard is gray and scratchy,
the tree calligraphic.
- Dave Eggers

But there was something psychological happening there
that was just a little bit different.
And the other thing was, there was no stigma.
Kids weren't going into the 'Center-for-Kids-That-Need-More-Help' or something like that.
It was 826 Valencia.
- Dave Eggers

The key thing is, even if you only have a couple of hours a month,
those two hours shoulder-to-shoulder,
next to one student, concentrated attention,
shining this beam of light on their work,
on their thoughts and their self-expression,
is going to be absolutely transformative,
because so many of the students have not had that ever before.
- Dave Eggers

Some of these kids just don't plain know how good they are:
how smart and how much they have to say.
You can tell them.
You can shine that light on them, one human interaction at a time.
- Dave Eggers

So this is the space during tutoring hours.
It's very busy.
Same principles: one-on-one attention,
complete devotion to the students' work and a boundless
optimism and sort of a possibility of creativity and ideas.
- Dave Eggers

And that's actually the brunt of what we do is,
people going straight from their workplace,
straight from home, straight into the classroom and
working directly with the students.
So then we're able to work with thousands and thousands more students.
- Dave Eggers

But you know, there's something about the kids finishing
their homework in a given day,
working one-on-one, getting all this attention -
they go home,
they're finished.
They don't stall, they don't do their homework in front of the TV.
- Dave Eggers

Life is without meaning.
You bring the meaning to it.
The meaning of life is
whatever you ascribe it to be.
Being alive is the meaning.
- Joseph Campbell

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is as easy or as hard as you think it is.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The greatest mistake you can make in life
is to be continually fearing you will make one.
- Elbert Hubbard

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

Change what you see,
by changing how you see.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Faith is taking the first step,
even when you don't see the whole staircase.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal
with the intent of throwing it at someone else;
you are the one who gets burned.
- The Buddha

If you don't know where you're going,
any road will take you there.
- Lewis Carroll
(Alice in Wonderland)

You will not be punished for your anger,
you will be punished by your anger.
- The Buddha

The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.
- Joseph Campbell

You don't have the power to make life "fair,"
but you do have the power to make life joyful.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Footprints in the sands of time...
Where have you been?
Where are you going?
Why are you going there?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whatever you do, do with kindness.
Whatever you say, say with kindness.
Wherever you go, radiate kindness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Believe nothing, no matter where you read it,
or who said it, no matter if I have said it,
unless it agrees with your own reason
and your own common sense.
- The Buddha

Choose the World You See,
and See the World You Choose.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply do your best, and you will avoid
self-judgment, self-abuse and regret.
- don Miguel Ruiz

Don't Take Anything Personally.
Nothing others do is because of you.
- Miguel Angel Ruiz (don Miguel Ruiz)

You are never too old to set another goal
or to dream a new dream.
- C. S. Lewis

How do you want to be remembered?
Live life full out - Begin today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you aren't in the moment,
you are either looking forward to uncertainty,
or back to pain and regret.
- Jim Carrey

A well-developed sense of humor
is the pole that adds balance to your steps,
as you walk the tightrope of life.
- William Arthur Ward

Powerful Dreams Inspire Powerful Action.
When you can taste, smell, and touch your dreams,
you can enroll the world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow,
you gotta put up with the rain.
- Dolly Parton

May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.
May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.
May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.
May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.
May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is the friends you can call up at 4 A.M. that matter.
- Marlene Dietrich

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you
that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Practice wellness.
Play with abandon.
Laugh.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Continue to learn.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

A friend is someone who knows all about you,
and loves you just the same.
- Elbert Hubbard

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
- Irish Blessing

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
- widely misattributed to Mark Twain

I love you just the way you are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only
grow if you are willing to feel awkward and
uncomfortable when you try something new.
- Brian Tracy

You do not need anyone's permission to be your true self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

You change your life by changing your heart.
- Max Lucado

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have,
you will never, ever have enough.
- Oprah Winfrey

Life is not about how fast you run
or how high you climb
but how well you bounce.
- Vivian Komori

Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
- Abraham Lincoln

Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition -
they somehow already know what you truly want to become.
- Steve Jobs

It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble.
It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.
- Mark Twain (attributed)

Stand Tall, Stand Proud.
Know that you are unique and magnificent.
You do not need the approval of others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous

Live boldly. Laugh Loudly. Love Truly.
Play as often as you can
Work as smart as you are able.
Share your heart as deeply as you can reach.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.
- Joseph Campbell

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer


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