One of my students recently asked me if I would sell my soul for $50 million.
I emphatically replied, “No, I most definitely would not.”
They gasped wide-eyed, “But it’s FIFTY million dollars! You could buy anything you wanted!”
“My soul is worth far more to me than money,” I answered. “It’s not for sale at any price.”
“I’d sell mine! I need the money!”
“Do you know what kind of life you’d have afterwards?” I questioned.
“A rich one.”
“But another entity or person would own you and dictate your every move. You wouldn’t be YOU anymore, you’d be the pawn of someone or something else and your life as you know it would cease to exist.”
“That’s ok by me! My soul, it’s nothing, but money, money is everything!”
Our exchange left me disheartened, and I am struggling to find a way to show this student the immense value of their soul before our time together ends in a few short weeks. I’m even more disillusioned at realizing this is certainly not the only student in my classroom who believes his or her soul has no value.
As both a teacher and a lightworker, it is tremendously difficult to relate to such a mindset when my soul suggests I help when I can and to build someone up instead of tearing them down. I cannot grasp our culture’s ever-growing glorification of jackassery and shaming over compassion and empathy, nor the empty value placed upon “likes,” “followers,” and “influencers” who are driven by the almighty dollar instead of altruism.
But this is what our world has become and the world our young people are growing up in.
What is another way my soul can model kindness and generosity when the mantra I repeatedly hear is, “What’s in it for me?”
How can I empower others, especially young people, in a society where perseverance or trying one’s best in the classroom are seen as detriments and the benefits from personal accountability and learning from failure are no longer revered?
I’m sharing this with you today because I am confident that by putting it out there, I will attract a way to help my students be freed from the shackles of societal expectations and ego, and instead, spark their light so they can appreciate even a sliver of both their enormous potential and the abundant value of their souls.
I’m not giving up on any of them, for each has a uniquely vital and valuable light to shine in our world.
Please note that I intentionally used the pronouns “they” and “their” for confidentiality reasons. Thank you for joining me on my journey. I’m glad you’re here.
With love and gratitude,
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