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Quote of the Week

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds... who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.


- Theodore Roosevelt

Have you ever felt like you failed at something? What did you learn from that experience? When was a time you dared greatly?


Invest in people who invest in you.- The Alison Show

Sometimes we put more energy into trying to be liked than into paying attention to those who already like and love us. Have you ever found yourself working hard to get someone else to like you? Did this have an impact on the friends you already had at the time?

If you want peace, work for justice.- Pope Paul VI


Where do you see a lack of justice right now in the world? What can you do in or outside of class to help change this? Why do you think Pope Paul VI says that justice will lead to peace?

You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop and what you reinforce.- Tony Gaskins


First, let's clarify that we're not talking about situations of unequal power (abuse, institutional racism, etc.) where certain responses are given as a matter of survival. Start by reflecting on your friendships. How do you train your friends to see you? Is there anything you'd like to stop allowing within a friendship?

We are what we repeatedly do.- Aristotle


What is one conscious or unconscious habit you'd like to change and why? What will you do instead? What are the steps to replacing your current habit with a new one?


You are always responsible for how you act no matter how you feel.- Robert Tew

To this, I'd like to add that feelings are, of course, always valid and don't need to be justified. Give one way you can feel and process both of these emotions without taking them out on others. Anger Sadness It's healthy to share these feelings with our friends but not "at" them.

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.- Anais Nin


What is one thing you'd do if you weren't afraid to fail?

When life gets blurry, adjust your focus.- Author unknown


Does life feel blurry for you right now? If so, give one example of how you might shift your focus and how that would be helpful. If not, give an example of a time in the past that you shifted your focus to gain perspective and how it helped you.

Everybody has a chapter they don't read out loud.


Think about what your chapter is and what it looks like. It may be a family secret, a part of your inner world or just a part of your personality that you don't share. What do you lose from keeping this chapter private? What do you gain from keeping this chapter private?

Worry about your character and not your reputation because your character is who you are, and your reputation is only what people think of you.


Do you agree with this quote? What is one aspect of your reputation that is important to you? What is one aspect of your character that is important to you?

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