Compassion, Happiness, Teaching, Future Fit for Education and National Philanthropy Day 2017 Nominations

This week:


Compassion can save a life-
Jock Saved Helpless “Nerd” From Being Bullied. 4 Years Later He Learned the Heart-wrenching Truth:

What’s Success?
The Books Every New Graduate Should Read According to a Dozen Business Leaders:

Where Enduring Happiness Comes From:


There is a low correlation between success at work and happiness:  

Enduring happiness arises from aligning your actions with your values. Success on the other hand is the result of goal achievements. If your goals don’t reflect your values you will be disappointed in their achievement. Work will be exhausting. Life will be frustrating. But it’s not life that is disappointing. Rather, it’s that we have gotten confused as to its purpose.

Know what makes life meaningful to you. That’s your calling. Pursue that. 

Your life may not be easy, but it will be worth it.


Teachers: Inspiration, Recognition and Compensation:

Last week, I had the good fortune to attend an event, “Inspiration for Teachers,” during National Teacher Appreciation Week. It was both a celebration of teachers, and launch of a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book, Inspiration for Teachers. It was a wonderful evening, with presentations from some of the authors of the 101 stories in the book, highlighting how teachers make a difference. Like everyone else in the packed auditorium, I was moved by the many ways educators impact the lives of their students and how students impact the lives of their teachers. I became particularly tearful when one of the presenters, a young woman, recounted how her relationship with a teacher, through dealing with a serious physical disability, changed her life. She spoke about how he had inspired her, and that she wondered what inspires teachers? For me, and I believe most other teachers, inspiration comes largely from that relationship with students and the opportunity to facilitate them actualizing their potential. And the biggest boost comes when a student expresses gratitude publicly for the love and support they experienced in achieving their success. Next after that is the appreciation from parents for the growth and happiness they see developing in their children. This book launch is still affecting me, stirring up memories of these very significant, emotional moments in my career.


On the next Sunday, a colleague directed my attention to a TED talk being broadcast on KPBS, also I’m sure, to honor Teacher Appreciation Week. I only caught the second half of the show, but I was particularly struck by a woman who took on being principal of a school in a community with a high rate of poverty, high crime, and a low rate of high school graduation. Gang activity and violent crime in the community left students feeling uncertain about even surviving to adulthood. Her story was one of courage, creativity, and commitment to provide a quality education where no books or other resources existed, and students were unmotivated to learn. She found resources wherever she could, spent her own money for supplies, worked endless hours, and hired teachers who were similarly courageous, creative and committed; together they turned that school around. I think she shared that they graduate over 80% of their students now—a huge improvement. As I was beginning to feel tears welling up in my eyes and emotion filling my throat, I wondered why these stories get to me so much. I’ve heard them before, many times. Heck, I have my own stories. As I pondered, the emotion in my throat and the tears in my eyes dissipated, and I started feeling somewhat angry, and then hurt.

I realized that I chose to invest a great deal of my time, energy and money to make things work for my students. I did it gladly and would do it again. The hurt comes when I feel there is an expectation that I will work long hours and spend my own money to provide needed school supplies, food, and personal hygiene items, in support of optimizing the learning environment for my students; I will do what the government/society does not do. Teachers can be counted on for that. Teaching is a tough job. Those who do it will say they feel called to do it. When I see that I have been inspirational to students and colleagues, when my students, their parents, and my boss recognize my contribution, then financial compensation becomes less important to me and I accept less. I fear this is an expectation that we who teach have created for ourselves, by the fact that we will do whatever it takes to make sure our students get what they need. We let government/society off the hook for proper funding of public education.

As I pondered this more and more, I felt the outrage welling inside of me! Lack of funding has become normal, because teachers, being the empathic and caring folk most of us are, will fill in the gaps when we see no other solution available for our children. There must be other options for teachers besides putting up with scarce resources or spending our own money. What do you think?

Warm wishes, Jackie

If you are local:

As one of the co-leads of Future Fit for Education, I welcome your participation and hope you can add your voice and energy to this important dialogue next week:

Please join our LinkedIn group, Future Fit: Our Next LEAP for Education

Help Us Shape Future Fit Education


We are continuing the conversation about how we can shape what Future Fit education will look like in our region. We will have an opportunity to hear student input. Please plan to join us on Wednesday, May 31 from 5:00–8:00pm and feel free to bring others who have an interest in joining the conversation.

  • Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • Time: 5:00–8:00pm
  • Location: The Dove Library, 1775 Dove Lane, Carlsbad, CA 92011
  • Intended Audience: Anyone interested in the future of education
  • Fee: There is no fee if you attend, but if you don’t show and as a result prevent someone else from attending, a $50 contribution to an educational charity of your choice will be requested and you will be outed on CNN

Register Here Online for the Event! We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, May 31! You can also download the PDF invitation.  Please join our LinkedIn group, too, Future Fit: Our Next LEAP for Education. With LOL (Love of Learning), The Future Fit team – Alan Daly, Neville Billimoria, Glen Warren and Brenda Hall

As Chair of the National Philanthropy Day 2017 Honorary Committee, please help us amplify all the great work happening right here in San Diego by submitting nominations!


National Philanthropy Day Call for Nominations  Nomination Submission Extended to June 16, 5:00 p.m. Joining a Legacy of Philanthropists, Fundraising Professionals and Volunteers who have made an outstanding impact in our community. For Questions: Contact Georgia Ringler, Chapter Manager at

Nominate an Individual, Organization, or Company that is Making a Great Difference

Do you know of a philanthropic story, or story of giving that needs to be told? Is there someone who is doing good work for your community? Submitting a nomination for National Philanthropy Day San Diego is a great way to show your admiration and appreciation. And the nominations process has been streamlined! The AFP San Diego Chapter annually recognizes individuals and organizations whose philanthropic achievements have made an impact in the San Diego region, Imperial County and Tijuana.  We look forward to building on the success of our predecessors and celebrating and honoring the rich diversity of our region. Please help AFP San Diego honor those most deserving!   Nomination Categories: Outstanding Philanthropist Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Outstanding Organizational Volunteer Outstanding Grant Making Organization Outstanding Philanthropic Business or Corporation Outstanding Development Professional Outstanding Youth/Student Volunteer Nominations will close on June 16, 2017 at 5:00 PM.

Please help AFP San Diego honor one of its own and nominate someone today. For more information, including the categories and criteria, click here.



Thanks this week go to Julia N and Parenting 2.0, Will M and Smart Rocket, Jackie and Education Transformations, & the Future Fit and NPD teams!

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“The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth, and to have it found out by accident”– Charles Lamb (1775-1834) British Essayist

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