December 13 – reverb11 – Sabio (Wisdom)

Via Michelle Margaret Fajkus
on Dec 13, 2011
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What lesson or piece of wisdom did you learn from a child this year? Did it surprise you?

Thanks to Dawn Curtis for providing today’s question!

I am lucky to love my career. As a teacher, I have the opportunity to witness and be surprise and amazed by the wisdom of children every day of the school year. I currently teach teenagers; I began 2011 teaching ninth grade and now I teach eighth grade. Here are some hilarious pieces of advice from one of my freshman poets:

Don’t take things for granted
Don’t try to be ambidextrous if you are not
You can’t do everything, you know
Don’t do things that give you a bad feeling
Say what you need to say
Eat as much chocolate as you want
Never buy drugs, because you could be supporting Al Qaeda
Don’t stay places where you get bad vibes
Do what you want
Don’t let others change the way you think
Eat delicious food
Make a scene if you feel like it
Don’t pretend or fake ANYTHING
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery
If you really want it, you can achieve it.
Be fair
Never trust anyone too much
Don’t tell other people’s secrets to anyone
Live in the now
Who cares about rumors?
Never lie to your best friend
Ignore people that annoy you
Try to do your homework the day it is given
Never eat skittles on a road trip
Don’t try to make people like you, if they don’t they won’t
Try your best all the time
Be clean
Don’t waste too much time on Facebook
Always have a plan
Everything ends.

– Maria, Grade 9

*See also: the wonderful social justice campaign video my students produced last spring to raise awareness about critical issues in Guatemala.

Reverb is a month-long endeavor in reflecting on the past year and envisioning the year to come. Find out more about Reverb11. Check out the daily prompts and feel free to write publicly on this blog or privately in your diary, as much or as little as you want, as often or seldom as you are compelled to.


The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. ~Albert Einstein


About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret is a Gemini yogini, writer, teacher and retreat leader who founded Yoga Freedom in 2002 in Austin, Texas. Her home since 2012 is Lake Atitlán, Guatemala where she lives in a tiny eco cabin with her Colombiano partner and their adorable daughter, dog and two gatos. Michelle has been writing this column for elephant journal since 2010 and has written some inspiring books, with more on the way. She leads yoga and mindfulness retreats and serves as the retreat managers for the stunningly beautiful Villa Sumaya on majestic Lago Atitlan. Her lineage is the very esoteric Yoga Schmoga, which incorporates hatha yoga asana, dharma (Buddhist) teachings, pranayama (breath work), yin yoga, mindfulness practices and meditation. Join Michelle on retreat in Guatemala!


4 Responses to “December 13 – reverb11 – Sabio (Wisdom)”

  1. learningcurvesblog says:

    Mine is rather long today…so here's the link. =)

  2. Valerie Carruthers says:

    A few months ago I ran into a friend at a cafe with his daughter, who's about 10. As I was sitting opposite them, I noticed the little girl squint her eyes and give me an appraising stare, like an artist studying a work in progress. Then she handed me the beautiful hibiscus flower that she'd been holding. It could not have been a more appropriate gift. Its intense color was the perfect complement to my orange tank top and hat. I gratefully tucked it into my tank and wore it for a yoga photo shoot at the beach since in the Hindu tradition the hibiscus is a sacred flower used in devotional offerings.

    This child's spontaneity, creativity and lack of attachment to that flower were all powerful teachings for me.

  3. yoga freedom says:

    Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. yoga freedom says:

    Neat story! I love hibiscus. Children can be powerful teachers.