Yesterday, I was busy as usual. I was making my cream cheese shortbread cookies which I have been making for most of my adult life. I put the butter and cream cheese without looking at the recipe. My mind was busy thinking of my to-do list. Starting at the next step, I got the recipe out and continued to finish the cookie. When I was prepping the dough for chilling, I noticed that it seemed like there was not usual amount. I checked the recipe and realized that I only put in half the amount of butter. So I added the butter to dough and finished the cookies. Cookie recipes are designed to be made a certain way or they don’t come out. The cookies did not come out like usual. They were thin and crispy, not thick and buttery.
Why do I tell you this story? As soon as I realized my mistake, I knew that this would be a blog post, but my mind reeled with ideas.
- Do I use this as a year-end reflection of my one word for this year? I could discuss how I am more present now than I was at the beginning of the year. Also how much more aware I am when my mind wanders. I would have also talked about how I am not there yet, but I am not worried because I am always growing.
- Do I write about the sometimes monotony of teaching in periods? I could write about how some of us teach the same lesson up to 6 times a day. As the day goes on, we become so comfortable the lesson that we might forget that we need to follow all of the steps or the learning may not occur as expected. I could draw an analogy to how making cookies very similar to the direct instruction model.
- Do I write about how a small mistake can have a large impact? I would talk about how I thought I was doing it right until the end and then realized my mistake. I added the butter at the end and results were different. Just like when you think you are doing right by others, but realize towards the end and try to fix it at the last minute. Things become different. I would describe a personal incident about a choice I thought was right, but realized later it was not. I had to go back and rectify it. The relationship now is different because of the mistake I made.
I am excited about how many ideas that I came quickly to my mind. In the past, I would have been frustrated and thought nothing of it. Thanks to blogging, I have learned how to be reflective. I see daily events as a chance to reflect and grow. I encourage you to create a habit of reflection. Your life will be richer for it.