Point three on the "10 Commandments of Montessori" is as follows:
"3. Concentrate on strengthening and helping the development of what is good in the child so that its presence may leave less and less space for the bad."
There is so much wisdom in this one sentence.
I think about the individual child who struggles. Stopping to celebrate the small progresses, no matter how small. Encouragement. Tirelessness. Patience. And much hope.
Today I was thinking about this in collective terms instead of the individual child. The development of what is good in the group... It was interesting to ponder, "What are the strengths of our group?" "How can I make them aware of and help them develop them?"
And then on to how I treat myself and my shortcomings and errors. Can I focus on the good in myself to leave less and less space for the bad?