Friday, October 6, 2017:
Good morning Mansfield staff and students.
Welcome to the fifth and final day of the Week of Respect. As your Mansfield peer mediators, we hope that this isn’t the last day that we focus on respect, but the beginning of a school year filled with good choices and being respectful to others and ourselves.
A respectful person lives by the Golden Rule, accepts others who are different, lives peacefully, and shows courtesy to all. Remember, you don’t have to be best friends with everyone or even like everyone. However, you do have to respect everyone at all times.
We leave you with a story called, “The Sun and the Wind” by Aesop: Long ago, the Wind and Sun were having an argument about who was stronger. They decided to have a contest. Do you see that man walking along the road, wearing a cloak?” asked the Sun.
“Yes,” answered the Wind.
“Let’s see who can make him take off his cloak,” said the Sun. So the Wind and the Sun agreed. First, the Wind tried. It began to blow. It blew harder and harder. But the more it blew, the tighter the man wrapped himself in his cloak. Finally, the Wind said to the Sun, “I give up. You try.” The Sun began to smile warmly at the man. The man began to feel the warmth of the sun. The sun got brighter and brighter. The man felt warmer and warmer. Soon the man was sweating as he walked along the road. Feeling hot and tired, he sat down on a big rock and threw off his cloak.
The lesson of this story is…. Gentleness can do what force cannot. Being kind and respectful to someone is the best way to solve a conflict.
Have a great day and be respectful!
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