He had selected some very inspirational quotes, which summarized who he was and what he stood for.
"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." -Ralph Waldo EmersonDo you know that this usefulness paid off for me? Dr. Wilson encouraged all of us student teachers to get involved with our community. We volunteered for all kinds of things...intramurals, floor hockey tournaments, fundraising...it was because of his encouragement to join our Education Undergraduate Society, that I earned the privilege to fly on an airplane for the first time in my life and was able to stay at the historic and magnificent Empress Hotel in Victoria, Vancouver Island. I organized a fashion show to fundraise and lead a group of students to create art of Alphonse Mucha for the set design. Because of my involvement, I was chosen with a few others to go to a conference for other student teachers from all across Western Canada. It was the first time I had seen the ocean and had learned what life was really like first hand. That there really are classes in our society...I saw the haves and the have nots...the truly wealthy and the truly desparate... I had a man beg me on the waterfront for a job, because he thought my daddy was a rich man, because he saw me leaving the Empress Hotel. Seeing people lounging around and having high tea, while knowing that outside men were pleading to find work, made the experience an eye opening, bitter sweet lesson!
Anyways, I have volunteered for other little things since then, but have never really thought of where and when the idea to help out started. Now I know!
Another quote that he chose that I found particularly profound was the following:
Let the music around you comfort you and fill your soul with warmth and understanding and peace and joy!
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