On the cinderblock wall of the teachers' restroom, opposite the toilet and precisely at eye level, is a long, thin poster. Flourescent lights have faded its colors to tan and tired blue. A slightly groovy font hints that it's been serving time as bathroom reading material for at least a couple of decades.
The title of the poster is I've Learned That . . .
You should know, I normally resist this sort of well-meaning but highly annoying propoganda. I mean, can't a teacher get two and a half minutes of peace? But in spite of my determination to remain impervious, a few of the phrases seeped into my mind and lingered there. For whatever reason, they resonated with me. As a writer, a teacher, and a person.
They're simple and true, and I'll share them with you.
- I've learned that insults don't have the power to hurt us, unless we persist in remembering them.
- I've learned that optimists live longer than pessimists. That's why I'm an optimist.
- I've learned that whenever I decide something with kindness, I usually make the right decision.
- I've learned that if you smile at someone, they'll almost always smile back.
Have any of these types of cheesy posters ever gotten to you? If so, please share!