No one likes to be on the loosing side–unless one is breaking up a fight in a public high school.
We teachers are taught, it is an axiom really, when breaking up a fight, to hold the losing student–why? Because the losing student wants an excuse to quit. You give him the excuse. Well, I chose the winning side last week and it nearly killed me! I reluctantly (hoping someone else would be the hero!) left the front of my door to break up a fight. The poor child – and that is really what he is, a 17 year old child – mercilessly slammed me against the cinder block wall countless times. He did not hurt his opponent very much but he very nearly killed his reluctant faculty member..
But the children are safe, school continues, I walk with a slight limp, and an occasional look over my shoulder.
I go to the doctor tomorrow to see how much damage the winner did to my artificial hip.
Life is like that, isnâ€™t it? We find sometimes that grabbing the losing cause can make us winners. Think about it.