Frequently the professionals I work with do not hear a thanks or a positive word from others. They typically hear complaints, with a list of what is needed or something they must do.
Our journal activity for today was to write a letter to the Orientation and Mobility instructor. This student also chose to add a photo to the journal activity to help her organize her thoughts. The O&M will receive the letter tomorrow. The student wants to write more letters, as she remembered the O&M had once said he never receives anything from the students. She knows, "This will just make him smile!"
Figure 1: Braille letter reads:
"Dear Mr. Frank,
I want to thank you for being the best O and M instructor ever! I love it when you come to visit me every Friday!
Figure 2: Crayon drawing of a girl handing a letter to a man with a hat, with handwritten note saying: "Sorry I'm not very good at drawing you."
Teaching to give back or pay it forward only takes a few moments, but the lesson will last a life time!