It seems like, these days, self-esteem is a buzzword. While I don’t want to becry the idea of self-esteem, I’ve been thinking about it lately. Growing up, I remember that I first learned about the concept of self-esteem through an object lesson. My teacher had a balloon. She told us that we were the balloons. She showed that when we say kind things to one another it is like our balloon is being inflated. Then, if someone says something that is mean or unkind, it is like that balloon is quickly deflated.