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You Can Make Your Day!

Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.


You can make your own day; don't wait for someone else to do it for you. Use love and smile and make the most beautiful sunshine for the world!

— Sean Dragon

I am a physicist, and I have been teaching sciences for almost thirty years now. I spend about ten hours each day preparing teenagers for their exams. At the same time, I am trying to help those young human beings, of ages 12 to 18, to get the right "supplies" for their upcoming adulthood.

Every day I strive to find ways to help them learn goodness, love, and mercy. To be self-giving and always ready to serve. Believe me; it's a tough work to do! Because they are growing up in a society which worships the opposites. One of my "weapons" is the "Quote of the day". Let me explain it.

It was November of '99. I had recently lost my father, and I was trying hard to manage the crippling debt that his cancer treatment had left behind. Most of my students knew of this situation. You see, we live in a small town, and my father was a well-known local businessman. At the same time, they were aware of my financial problems because they knew that I was also working as a salesman for some extra income.


Kostas, one of my students, was an intelligent teenager, full of outside the box ideas. We had a strong friendship, and we still have. He is a successful agriculturist now. He had also lost his father when he was a young boy. Therefore, I was a father figure for him.

One day, in the middle of a lesson and after one of my "famous" self-sarcastic jokes, he asked me:

"Sir, how can you still be happy and always smile after all these you are going through?"

The other students stopped their work and looked at him. Then they turned to me, waiting for my answer.

I always say to my students to speak their truth without fear. And mine, apparently, seemed to have high spirits this specific day! I believe you'll understand why, in a few lines, if you follow the dialogue we had.


Me: "Well, my dear boy, I will try to explain it to you. In everyone's life, there are difficulties, obstacles, challenges and many other potential sources of sadness or unhappiness. Life is full of them. Not because life is "bad" or "cruel" but because we need them to improve ourselves. No one can get better without those challenges. It is never easy to climb to the top of a mountain. Isn't so? But the view from the top is so rewarding!

Nevertheless, at the same time, life will give us all the equipment we need to manage those difficulties. Each day also has many potential sources of happiness and joy, and even many reasons to smile.

To me, life is like a balance. One side has the difficulties, all the grounds for someone to be sad. The other side has all the reasons to be happy and joyful. The balance will lean to the side we chose. Sadness, anger, bitterness, hatred feed the dark scale and make it heavier. Smile, love, compassion, service, strengthen the luminous and joyful part. So I choose to love and smile every single day, no matter how "cloudy" the things seem to be. As a result, my balance tilts to the happy side, most of the days."

Kostas: "And what is the trick?"

Me: "The trick? What do you mean?"

Kostas: "The trick to remember and choose the bright side when the world gives you all the reasons to choose the opposite, as I do!"

Me: "Oh, my friend, don't be so strict with yourself. I don't believe you do so. Look at you. You have experienced already some of the toughest challenges, and you are still so young. But you are not sad. You have chosen to be a cheerful and kind young man."

Kostas: "No, sir. I know better. I allow pain and anger to lead me to a behaviour that hurts people I love, too often. Then I regret and always say that I won't let it happen again, but it's a vicious circle. So, please tell me how you manage it. I have never seen you angry, though we have given you reasons to be, many times."


Me: "Well, my dear boy, I surely don't have all the answers. But the truth is that I do have a 'trick' to remind me to stay on my track. Every morning, when I open my eyes and before I get out of the bed, I thank God for the new day and the miracles it will bring to my life. Then I form a motivating phrase. I call it 'the quote of the day'. It can be everything, a sentence I have read or a verse of a song –one time it was something written on a wall I had seen the day before– but most of the times is a phrase that I create that very moment. Then I meditate on this for some moments, to find as many hidden blessings in it as I can. Afterwards, I silently repeat it during the day, many times. Every time it has something new to give me and helps me to stay focused on the right side. That's my secret. Ha! Ha!"


Kostas: "And what is the current 'quote of the day'?"

Me: "Are you ready to be shocked?"

Kostas: "Ha! Ha! Yes, hit me!"

Me: "Smile when you are justified to cry. The world needs your light, not your darkness."

Kostas: "What?! No way! You've just made it up!"

Me: "No, my dear boy, that's the miracle! It happens to me all the time. During the day, I realise that the phrase is not random at all! To be honest, I believe that the phrases find me and not the other way around! It is this, or my truth is much more clever and joker than me! Ha! Ha!"

Kostas: "Indeed, I am shocked! I wish I could do it too."

Me: "I think I can give you, to all of you, a little help on this. What if I put a note board somewhere in the class and write every day the quote? So you can read it, and maybe use it."

All students: "Yes, sir, please do it!"

Smile when you are justified to cry. The world needs your light, not your darkness.

— Sean Dragon

The board with the “Quote of the day” in my classroom


And so it happened! Since then, the "Quote of the day" is the attraction of my classroom! I estimate that over five thousand phrases have been put on this note board until today. Hundreds of students have read and used those sayings. Many students have found me, years after their graduation, and told me that some specific quote had changed their life. Many of my students that have gone to universities come again to visit me, and to read the current quote. They had come even kids that I never had as students just because they had heard about the quote! This year I have a new pupil who the first thing she did when she came into my classroom was to search for the quote. Her father was also my student, and he had told her about it!

Life has been so generous and kind to me. It has given me so many precious lessons. Some of them were very hard but always helpful because I chose to search for the gift and not to grumble. The most valuable I believe that is: "You can make your own day, don't wait for someone else to do it for you. Use love and smile and make the most beautiful sunshine for the world!"

There is no better prayer than starting your day with a smile or an act of kindness or serving someone in need.

— Sean Dragon

A view of my classroom


© 2019 Ioannis Arvanitis


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on December 11, 2019:

My sweet, Audrey, what words can I find to express my gratitude for the beauty of your comment? We all can make a difference when we chose Love. You know it better than me because when we talk about a person who makes the world a better place, Audrey Hunt is the name. I am grateful for the light of your Soul. I Love you! Thank you!

You are a Mystical Song!


Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 10, 2019:

My dear brother,

You are love's perfection and how blessed your students are! Oh, how I love the video of "One Moment in Time." It says all that I feel. Your "quote of the day" for your students not only sets the tone for their day but for their lifetime.

You make a difference...you truly do. I am blessed to know you and to learn from you.

Thank you.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 30, 2019:

Thank you, my dear brother, Eric! The young ones have all the truth in their hearts! Aren't they? That's why we keep on learning from them.



Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 28, 2019:

So well done. Seems like maybe the boy is the teacher.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 28, 2019:

My sweet, Li-Jen, to be honest, I always wait for your comments in anticipation. It is maybe the four-sons-and-no-daughter-father syndrome I have! Ha! Ha! You know I love you, and I am proud of your struggle to improve your self! You have so much light in you! I hope to let it glow! Thank you for your beautiful comment. I treasure every word.

Much Love!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 28, 2019:

You've just made my day, my brother, Manatita, with this amazing comment! Thank you so much for showing us how a nice work, as my quote, may turn to a masterpiece, as your version, with just a touch of Heart and Gnosis! I have to admit though that the current Sean would write it closer to your version, but I wanted to keep it the way it was at those younger days of mine. Your Light, my Lantern Carrier, is always a divine gift to me!

Eternal gratitude!


Li-Jen Hew on November 27, 2019:

Hi Sean. A patient teacher, willing students and motivational quotes make a colourful equation! It's inspiring to see many touched by the quote of the day. This reminds me of the quote by Winnie The Pooh, “Sometimes the smallest things take up the most space in your heart.” It's a good morning habit to think up positive quotes because the more you do it, the more reason to be happy... Till you have no reason to be unhappy at all! That's how I look at it. Inspired by Charlie Chaplin's "Smile" too. You've become a role model to your students, besides the teachings in the classroom. Thanks for sharing!

Li-Jen Hew on November 27, 2019:

Hi Sean

manatita44 from london on November 27, 2019:

Another extremely beautiful and motivational piece. Some very poetical lines as well and I have already stolen one line:

"It is never easy to climb to the top of a mountain. Isn't so? But the view from the top is so rewarding!"

You keep coming up with innovate ways to share your life experiences with Love. I adore the teacher/pupil relationship-way.

Finally, I think your quote is a masterpiece, but I would change it just a 'wee' bit:

"Smile when you are justified to cry. The world needs your light, not your darkness."

— Sean Dragon

"Smile - if you can - when you feel justified to cry. The world needs your Light, more than your darkness." -Manatita.

The 'if you can' increases the empathy, and the 'more than' is a subtle acknowledgement that the darkness is also important, or put another way, that there is Light in darkness. The 'feel' implies that crying is caught up with the emotions or state of Consciousness, rather than a 'right.' Deep, eh? Ha ha.

A very beautiful piece!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 27, 2019:

Thank you so much, my dear sister, Nikki, for your lovely words. They touched my Heart! I am trying to show to my students how to live love and not waiting for it. I feel you by my side; I hope you feel the same.

I embrace your whole lovely family with my Love!


Nikki Khan from London on November 26, 2019:

Well, this reminds me of a popular saying:

'We always gain by giving love.' You are an outstanding teacher who loves his students and his disciples adore Teacher Sean.

Thanks for sharing from your heart, brother.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wife brother.

Blessings as always!

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 26, 2019:

My teacher Socrates should be proud of me after your comment, my dear sister, Dora! A new Greek philosopher! Am I not? Ha! Ha! Of course, I am joking. My God is the Philosopher, and I am the vessel. I am blessed with my students and the love I receive from them! I am also blessed with you!

Gratitude! Admiration! Much Love!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 26, 2019:

What could I answer to your amazing comment, my dear sister, Linda? I only can say that I Love you and you are one of the ways my God blesses me!

Gratitude! Admiration! Much Love!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 26, 2019:

And I thank you too, Nythia, for your kind words! Love is the source of inspiration. Happy to be a medium. I welcome you and wish you always to find the strength to smile and make people smiling.

Blessings from Greece!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 26, 2019:

We are on the same wavelength, my dear brother, Bill! The quote "Do all things with love" was one of the first on the board and one phrase I often use at the end of a course. It is a solid winner for sure! Thank you for being an excellent teacher for me!

Much Love and Gratitude!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 26, 2019:

My dear brother, Chris, you touched my heart with your lovely words! Thank you so much because you used two phrases that I have heard enough times from some of my old students when I meet them after years!

"You live love; you don't just talk about it."

and "I will never forget the man who taught me to smile and to face each day with a goal to love."

These I want to be my verses! And as I answered to John's comment, love has been an amazing teacher for me; I am simply a student and server to Her. And you also have been a teacher of good things for me, my friend. Gratitude!

Proud to call you friend!


Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 25, 2019:

Your students are blessed to have you as their teacher. You promote their spiritual, emotional, as well as intellectual progress, making them fit in all areas of life. You're a philosopher too. A great life lesson, that quote of the day.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 25, 2019:

Sean, I didn't think that I could possibly love you any more than I did, but you have revealed yet another aspect of your life. How blessed are your students. And God turns that around and blesses you. You are focused every day on finding that perfect quote.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 25, 2019:

A great idea to start the day with a quote that comes to your mind. It is difficult to look at the brighter side when one is swamped with difficult situations that life throws our way. Your "Quote of the Day" is a great source of inspiration; thank you for sharing your experiences as a teacher.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 25, 2019:

It is as good a quote as I can imagine as I begin my day...add that to "Do All things with love" and you've got a solid winner. :) peace and blessings to you always, my friend.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 25, 2019:

Sean, what I like most about you is that you live this "love" thing; you don't just talk about it. You have touched many lives in your profession. They will never forget the man who taught them to smile and to face each day with a goal to love.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 25, 2019:

Love is an amazing teacher, my dear brother, John! I am simply a server to Her. The truth is that I have heard the phrase "you are the most positive person I know" countless times in my life. Still Love is my "charger"! Fortunately, I am just one of those many beautiful people -and you are one- who are striving to make this world the Paradise it meant to be! Your words, your poems and your friendship are inestimable to me. Thank you for your wishes for my wife. Yes, she is doing much better. I believe we are at the end of this "adventure"!

Wishes of health for all your beloved ones!


Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 25, 2019:

You deserve my love, my brother, Maurice, because you are vigorously serving Love! I am happy to know that my work inspires you.

Prayers for your beloved, prayers for health!


John Hansen from Queensland Australia on November 24, 2019:

What an amazing teacher you are, Sean. Your students learn much more in your classes than just physics. Your daily quotes are wonderful and inspiring. You are the most positive person I know. Thank you for sharing this piece of inspiration. Keep doing what you are doing, you are making the world a better place.(I hope your wife is doing better.)

Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on November 24, 2019:

You keep inspiring me. Thanks for your love.

Ioannis Arvanitis (author) from Greece, Almyros on November 24, 2019:

Yes, my dear Pamela, our response becomes the life we choose to live. Thank you for your kind words; they are a great honor to me! Gratitude!

Life is the Teacher, Love is the Mother!


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 24, 2019:

I surely realize what an outstanding teacher you are, and starting your day thatway surely leads to happiness. I believe good times and bad times cone and go, but our response is our choice. This is a wonderful, uplifting article.

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