Recently I have been reading ‘The Good Life’ by Hugh Mackay. There was a section in it that resounded with me and I thought it was topical as the character strengths are clearly set out. Molly King was the teacher of Hugh Mackay and he includes an extract from her obituary. I just wanted to share the extract here on the blog! Enjoy!
“In no doubt about her vocation, she went from school to teachers’ college and [then to teach at] Bundanoon in rural NSW and at suburban Warrawee. When asked to teach an ‘OC’ class of gifted children at Artarmon Public School, her response was typical: ‘Oh, I don’t think I could do that’. ‘We think you could’, was the reply, and so she did and stayed for 36 years. She couldn’t retire because she said , she’d have to make a speech.
She was a natural teacher – warm, intelligent, creative, meticulous – but there was something more. She empowered children by believing in them so they came to believe in themselves. She set high standards of behaviour – old fashioned courtesy, respect for others.
She had a rare ability to adapt – to be content. She never said ‘I wish I had…’ or ‘I wish I were …’ She never envied anybody. She found interest and pleasure in each moment, encounter and conversation but could be still and content with herself.
King held no high office; she neither travelled nor aspired to be a leader. Her life – one of integrity, faith, humour, kindness and courage – is a reminder that depth counts as much as breadth.”
“Albert Einstein would have approved of Miss King. ‘Try not to become a man of success’, he said, ‘but rather a man of value’.
(The Good Life Page 114)