Gardeners of the Mind

By: Angelica Kim Estopia

          “What is a teacher? I’ll tell you: it isn’t someone who teaches you something, but someone who inspires a student to give his best in order to discover what he already knows.”- Paulo Coelho.

                A teacher isn’t just someone who dresses up, goes to school and lectures. We need to broaden our mind beyond the enclosure crafted from what we see from our teachers daily. They move with purpose, with missions to accomplish every day. A teacher leaves bits and pieces of knowledge in his students, patch by patch, slowly and with conviction.

                It’s like they possess a spirit, a spirit which inspires you, motivates you and finally pushes you to set yourself in motion to make that burning aspiration lingering within you for so long possible. Sometimes, they must use other ways in order to let their learners understand something, but it also depends on the students on how to grasp on what the teachers want them to know, and why they are doing that. That’s what teachers are for, right? Knowing everything is impossible, but through them we can stuff our mind with all the erudition we could harbor until they’ll reach the point of bursting, flowing from us for others to have and to possess. They will never give up on you even if you yourself want to. Teachers for me radiate rays of promise of the future, scintillating and full of good things, a future they want you to sow and reap yourself, with their lasting guidance. It must be embodied by every student what his or her teacher wants to impart on him or her, an obligation that must be fulfilled because without it, the mentor’s perseverance and hard work will be just a gust in the wind, fading, losing itself.

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                Being a teacher is hard, that’s needless to say for it is a staple truth, but why do people still keep on pursuing this career? For me, as a student, they come off as gardeners who selflessly undertake themselves to sow our gardens, which are our minds. We are nothing without them, and it’s a big triumph for our teachers when we reach stars-our mission from the very beginning.

                To our teachers, who steered us from the very start and gave us endless courage to mount our already sinking belief of ourselves that stemmed from our blank pages and messy ones, we could never convey a better statement on how much our gratefulness is to you. We express our profound thanks to you people who had helped us buoy our faith over and over as we were losing it, and always saw through us whenever we thought we were hopeless. You have our deep admiration for opening our eyes to possibilities we never noticed in your own simple, beautiful ways. Through the triumphs, thank you for celebrating it with us through the failures and stumbles, thank you for falling with us and giving us a little push to stand up again, and through the whole year, thank you for being a friend who continues to endure, to inspire, and to nurture.

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