Scrawled in a red marker, that's what the note said. A student handed me a folded piece of paper after an assembly and told me to read it later. That afternoon, I unfolded the note and read it.
The fact is that I saved no-ones life that day. The truth saved them. It gave them hope. The truth that they are valuable beyond what they accomplish or how they perform. That they are not damaged goods. That they are not defined by their past.
How can your students or employees or team members function at their highest capacity if they are incapable of escaping the demons that haunt them? What if that was your main goal today? To bring an emotional first-aid kit with you into every situation. Let's be first responders today. Let's leave one person feeling stronger, more joyful, or perhaps even hopeful that they can stay alive to see the sunrise tomorrow.