By Kevin Alan Lamb
Life is a series of circumstances thread together by people, choices, and faith. Every human has access to infinite abundance yet stands in his or her own way of connecting with it. God, the universe, and karma are consistent – people are not. We are beautiful creatures, too often subject and defined by a tough hand of cards; but the choice is ours to be just who and what we want to be.
By way of my choices, consistency, and positive energy, I met a high school English teacher at Santa Cruz High named Scott. We met at a pool hall and shared some conversation over a game of billiards. I learned that not only was he a writer, and teacher, but truly grateful for his dream job which gives him the privileged of positively influencing and shaping young minds, writers, and gifting them the wonder of Shakespeare, Hemingway, and Mark Twain.
Over the next few weeks we ran into each other on occasion; Scott consistently expressed his enthusiasm and desire to hang a Good Sign poster in his 10th grade classroom. I recognized his energy was genuine, and informed him that we have 4.5 x 4.5 foot Good Sign Fathead, aka “Fat Carl”, who would really shine as Fathead of the class.
After learning just exactly what a Fathead is, and chatting with his principle, Scott invited us to Santa Cruz High after school on a Thursday. He met Eric and I near the front office, and walked us up to his room on the second floor. We walked the empty halls and it was another moment in the series of many when the gravity of our efforts truly resonated and inspired chills to my spine. We are changing the world, by helping people. So simple, yet somehow revolutionary….
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I looked around the room and felt it apropos that the first classroom in the world to hang a 55″ Fathead Good Sign, also had a San Francisco Giants poster above the door. Born and raised with a baseball in my hand in Detroit, Michigan, the Tigers are more than just a baseball team; they are my home, my history, my family. It was only fitting that I leave the people I love, to find home in the next evolution of Team Good Sign, my life, and my writing, in enemy territory.
Scott let me write a message on his white board for his students; I cant recall the words, but I imagine they were inspirational. Eric stood atop a footstool on a table and carefully laid out and secured Fat Carl at the head of the class, while the English teacher gazed in admiration. Scott will soon be a guest blogger, sharing his unique experiences with the students of Santa Cruz High. Every day we are growing. Every day presents the opportunity to let your choices, consistency, and positive energy change the world, by helping people. Why not be revolutionary?
Are you a teacher? Would you like to hang a Good Sign in your classroom? Do it. You’d be a lot cooler if you did.
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