Pat B

Pat B. is a retired 2nd grade teacher. Like a lot of other teachers, Mrs. B faced challenges having kids in her class that brought with them various problems from home. In my particular case, as with so many other kids that she helped, I came from a disadvantaged family. I was often teased about my clothes, my height, and anything else that my peers found different about me. Mrs. B gave me the confidence to stare back into the face of adversity starting in the second grade and continuing through today. I am an accountant now and I owe my success to that second grade teacher that saw the potential in me.

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J A from Toronto OCTOBER 23, 2009
Very good. Admired narration.

Jose D. from Miami, Florida MARCH 30, 2009
This is a very touching story because there is so much to experience in this story. I love the title, it's awesome, I Can't Forget and I Won't Ignore, it's a very good title for this story.

Mely T. from Sydney, Australia MAY 16, 2008
Thank you for sharing. It is a very wonderful story. These people are just like each one of us: need someone that they can trust, someone that can lead them to a great path, to set an example to them, to give them hope that there is kindness and way out from destructive situation they are in. "Every being in the universe knows right from wrong" but the problem lies in the condition & situation that makes morality less important. I believe solutions would be by providing guidance as follows: 1. Make them believe that world is truly beautiful and give them the understanding that they have a right to be happy just like you deserve to be happy 2. Make them believe in themselves -provide confidence and strength 3. Help them being interested in the best things they can do and the best things other people do 4. Good friends are the best guidance in life 5. Have purpose in life - be a dreamer 6. Live in the moment - be mindful --- these is the hardest part to them because most of these people live in the past and the only way to break free is to face their fears with an open mind 7. Always take time to talk and listen 8. Be kind to them and let them be kind to others.

Jen M. from Chicago APRIL 24, 2008
What a wonderful and heartbreaking experience you had..I applaud you for saying that you don't know how to fix it, but that your mind is committed to wanting to resolve the issue! I feel that if we teach kindness and compassion to children AND adults that we can chip away at homelessness slowly over time and we can succeed as long as we have positive energy towards the people who are victimized by this plague, (which you obviously do!)!! Check out the website for "Seeds of Compassion" it's a 5 day workshop which the Dalai Lama just hosted in Seattle two weeks ago...it's AMAZING and will speak to you and others on how to resolve these issues one kindness and one person at a time, (just how you did)!! Good luck to you!

Kirthishri M.V. from Bangalore, India JANUARY 3, 2008
My eyes are filled with tears. My heart experienced some sort of silence when I felt your feeling. Every drop makes a ocean...let's all do what we can do to uplift the poorest among the poor.

Dr. Jordan S. from Canada SEPTEMBER 11, 2007
Helping is good. I do it all the time. But it's not enough. Because when you help a needy person (which everyone should do), you only give them a meal for that one day. We need to do more.

Cat H. from Cebu, Philippines JULY 17, 2007
The cure, I believe, is you. The problem only seems massive because you're going at it alone. If only more people were like you, willing to help out another in need, willing to share of themselves -- that would bring about the eradication of poverty. Be it material poverty, or poverty of the soul.

Donal F. from Norwich, England MAY 12, 2007
A wonderfully told story. You are not alone. I believe that a 'cure' for poverty is not anything difficult to think up. I think you experienced the 'cure' when you were helping those in need. The feeling that you can make a difference and wanting to make a difference is, possibly, what is the answer to the question of 'how can we end poverty'. To make people realise that their individual contribution is as vital as to those in need as any one else's will surely result in less talk and more action. Best wishes to you. Keep Smiling. "People of mediocre ability sometimes achieve outstanding success because they don't know when to quit. Most men succeed because they are determined to." - George E. Allen

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