Dumbledore gained wisdom through struggles and hardships, then used it to help his students. What are some moments in my life that were tough, times that actually taught me valuable lessons?
- I struggled with believing I was "good enough," but that taught me the value of not comparing myself to others and to focus on making my best effort. As Dumbledore put it, "It is our choices that show us what we are, far more than our abilities."
- Having a father who was an alcoholic taught me that things might be bad, but that those things don't last forever. Or, in the words of Dumbledore, "Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
- There are so many times in my schooling and in my career when I just felt like stopping because I was tired, or it was too much work, or something else seemed more fun. But I am so happy that I stuck with teaching because I truly love it, and it is so right for me. Dumbledore puts it more succinctly, saying, "We must choose between what is easy and what is right."
Tomorrow, I'll tackle the mercy of my favorite Hogwarts professor (and spirit animal) Minerva McGonagall.