Take a step closer and listen

Posted by Eric Olson on 9/14/2020 6:00:00 PM

My favorite teacher throughout my k-12 experience was my 11th grade English teacher named Mr. Miltich. He was a teacher for the ages. He engaged us with stories that connected us to learning, he talked about his own journeys in life including military experience, and he was both theatrical and musical (which he shared with us). 

While Mr. Miltich was extremely engaging, he also kept me curious with questions or he provided written feedback on my papers which often led to rewriting large sections of my work. Regardless of what he made me do, I knew that his feedback was meant to make me a better person and a more efficient writer. I never minded the work that ensued from a visit to his desk. You see, Mr. Miltich was my teacher 35 years ago, but I can still remember almost every feature about him. I remember what he looked like, how he spoke, how he dressed, the short stories that we read in class, and most importantly; I remember how good he made me feel every time that he spoke to me.

I am reminded of Mr. Miltich today because of HOW GOOD I FEEL. I am surrounded by people working together and making me feel AWESOME! It is my hope that today’s blog serves as a reminder of how important it is to treat others the way that we want to be treated. Whether we are teaching your kids, ordering coffee at Caribou, standing in line at Target, walking past a person on the street, or coming home after a long day at work, we can all take the time to make people feel good. It’s a simple act of kindness that can lead to a community filled with joy.