I DIDN’T like school too much when I was there but over the past 40-plus years I have had the privilege of being involved in so many, and even in retirement, that continues.

Last week I attended a couple of closing assemblies. They are always emotional for both pupils, parents and teachers. So many memories and perhaps some apprehension as they face high school.

I often wonder if teachers ever really know the influence they have on those young lives. Little things they have done that are remembered by those pupils. Perhaps a word of kindness and encouragement that was spoken at the right moment.

I looked at those children. I listened to them as well. They were all going to be entrepreneurs, architects doctors, nurses, actors. The world is their oyster.

They are so full of their dreams. Let me tell you, only dreamers can go to the mountaintop and see a new tomorrow.

Only dreamers can climb every mountain. Only dreamers can look to the future with hope. But I voice a note of gratitude to those who inspire them and encourage them to think that way.

I am sure we all have fond memories of those who helped us in our younger years. It was usually the little things that meant so much to us as we faced life’s changes and challenges

Little things matter on life’s journey. An unknown poet once said

“One song can spark a moment, one flower can wake the dream; one tree can start a forest, one bird can herald spring. One smile begins a friendship, one handclasp lifts a soul; one star can guide a ship at sea, one word can frame the goal.

“One vote can change a nation, one sunbeam lights a room; one candle wipes out darkness, one laugh will conquer gloom. One step must start each journey, one word must start each prayer. One hope will raise our spirits, one touch can show you care.

“One voice can speak with wisdom, one heart can know what’s true; one life can make the difference. You see, it’s up to you!”