The Catalyst

“I’ve come to a frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It’s my personal approach that creates the climate. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather… I possess a tremendous power to make a…life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a (person) humanized or dehumanized.”  – Haim G. Ginott I want to share why I chose my blog name; The Catalyst. But to do that I need to backtrack several years. My oldest daughter and I read the novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Not the most fascinating book (in my personal opinion) and certainly not like Hollywood likes to portray but it indeed had a profound effect on me. The novel shares Dr. Jekyll’s perspective and his struggle with the duality of man. He said that he, himself, was 90% a good solid, respectable citizen. But there was this 10% of him that was “evil” – or I’m going to venture to say the “natural man” – lower brain talking – ego – etc. You get the point. For the most part he was a high functioning, contributing to society, good guy but when he fed that 10% -the challenge arose and welcome, welcome Mr. Hyde. Mr. Hyde grew stronger and took over more control the more he’d entertain the negative thoughts and personality of Mr. Hyde and I won’t spoil it for you…go read it…but as you all can guess…Havoc ensued. At the time I was having a bit of a struggle myself. I felt that I was, like good ol’ Dr. Jekyll, a good, productive, trying … Continue reading The Catalyst