The Monday Sweet Spot – 11/07/2016

We’ve all hit that point during a smoke, usually about half way through, in which the cigar’s flavors and aromas open up and transform the experience into something far more rich, complex, and enjoyable.

In this moment, gentlemen, you’ve hit the “sweet spot”.

A moment that encourages you to open your senses, and to truly appreciate the experience that the smoke has ushered you into.

In the same way, it’s important to take time in our lives to slow down, and open our senses to the world around us. To take notice of the good things going on and the good people doing them.

These are life’s “sweet spots”, and your Monday could use one…

3rd Grade Teacher’s Call and Response Lesson is Inspiring Millions

This elementary school teacher took a break from mathematics and science so she could teach her students a valuable life lesson instead.

Jasmyn Wright, a 3rd grade teacher at Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia, decided to inspire her students using a simple – but effective – call and response exercise.

“What if it’s too hard?” Wright asks her students.

They respond with “I’m gonna push through!”

“What if it’s too tough?”

“I’m gonna push through!”

“What if you’re too young?”

“That ain’t true!”

Jasmyn, who is also a spoken word poet, shared her lesson on Facebook where it has been viewed 3.4 million times.

“[I am] humbled. Look at my babies shine,” Jasmyn wrote on Facebook following the video’s fame. “Anybody, any race, any religion, any ethnicity, any gender, any orientation, any location, any disability, any age, any height, any setting, any hardship, any confusion, any doubt, any distraction, or any story, can #PushThrough.”

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Brandon Reed

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"Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy." - Norman Schwarzkopf