As part of our Tools for Life® lessons, we have been learning about our body clues and what they tell us. For those who have not been introduced to body clues, body clues are our bodies’ way of telling us that our feelings are changing or a problem is coming. To transfer our learning of feelings, body clues, and calming down, we create a volcano in one of our lessons. When I asked the students for their predictions as to why we might be creating a volcano, a bright young man in Grade 3 shared, “When we don’t pay attention to our body clues, our feelings can bubble up and overflow like a volcano.” A lesson that some of the strangers in my life could learn from. With a calming down plan, sometimes as simple as taking mindful, deliberate deep breaths, one can calm themselves down before they erupt like a volcano and yell at a perfect stranger – well perhaps not perfect. I am optimistically hoping that the gentleman at the gas pump who got the gas nozzle stuck in his car (I assume it was stuck because he drove off with it still attached) only to return to yell at me for not letting him know, will learn what this bright 8 year old has already figured out! “When we don’t pay attention to our body clues, our feelings can bubble up and overflow like a volcano.”