I needed a pep talk.

I am not a teacher. I work at an emergency shelter for teenagers. I spend up to 8 hours a day with up to 15 teenagers who would like to be anywhere but in the same room with me.

I’ve been losing my religion.

I’ve been worrying about that.

It may, indeed, turn out to be true that I can’t do this much longer, but it’s work worth doing.

We so need miracle workers.

Taylor Mali, the gentleman in the video, is a powerful voice. His words provoke laughter and responsibility – a combination I aspire to.

For at least another day, I can bring myself to tackle teenagers with love and laughter and exhortations to take responsibility for those things they can control.

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