Use your words to heal any past hurts. Don’t take anyone else’s words of criticism personally. What you thought was criticism could have been the other person’s projection of their own anxiety, insecurity, impatience or frustration caused by someone else’s words. Use this week to let go of past wounds: Don’t take anything personally and remedy any wounds you may have caused.

This week’s shocking statistic:

54% of the nation’s dropouts under 24 are unemployed, as compared to only 13% of college graduates.

Words to live by:

“Don’t take anything personally: Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.” Don Miguel Ruiz

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else.” Judy Garland

“If you love a flower, don’t pick it up. Because if you pick it up, it dies and it ceases to be what you love. So if you love a flower, let it be. Love is not about possession. Love is about appreciation.” Osho


Do you ever wonder what words the English language is missing? Here is one from the Yaghan language (Chile and Argentina):

MAMIHLAPINATAPI: (ma-me-la-pin-ya-ta-pl) A look shared by two people, each wishing that the other would initiate something they both desire but which neither wants to begin.


Thank you for sharing the words that changed your life for our Words Have Power Challenge. Feel free to keep sharing! Stay tuned next week for an awe-inspiring story of support and gratitude. Here are some powerful words straight from YOU:

“Every person is unique because every person has a unique gift to contribute to the world. That is their purpose in life. That is why we should pursue the actions and experiences that we love and that make us come alive. Anytime you think you ‘should’ be a certain way or that you are ‘supposed’ to do something, know that the only thing you are supposed to be is yourself. That is the only way you can share your gift with the world.”

“The loss of money is temporary, the loss of time is forever. Spend your days wisely.”

“Don’t marry someone with money…marry someone with the potential to make money. Be each others biggest fans and together the skies the limit!”

“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me”.


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BUILD VOCABULARY: Label objects around the house, including appliances, fixtures and furniture, such as the refrigerator, door, table, couch, microwave, sink, bed, chair, clock, recycling bin, etc. This builds their visual recognition of common words, and helps with spelling, reading and phonics.

TEACH ONE THOUSAND WORDS because Preschoolers who know 1,100 words are more likely to graduate from high school on time. Start by teaching a words a day:  GOLDEN, GRASS, GREAT, GROW, GIFT, GIVE, GLAD, GAP, GARDEN, GIRAFFE

READ FOR A PURPOSE: Ask the questions (common-core aligned) teachers will ask, “How do the characters respond to the major events or challenge in the story?”

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