I am over winter. The last two weeks have brought 5 days of no school, 1 2-hour early out, and 1 late start. As a mom, I am tired and looking forward to getting back to a routine. As a teacher, I also want us to get back to a routine.
Let’s be honest 2 weeks like this try us. For some families who are in poverty, this could be extremely challenging. Suddenly, you need to find money for the following: 10 more meals per kid, an increased utility bill just to keep the house at 60, and possibly child care for the days missed. Also, add to that list finding clothes to keep you and your children warm. Please imagine the stress and guilt this must put on a parent. Now imagine, being a child in this house where the parents are highly stressed. It’s not easy for them either.
As I think about these challenges, I realize as educators we each need to return to school with a smile on our face and welcome everyone back. We need to give each other grace as we try to get back to a routine. When a student forgets a routine, kindly remind them. Stand at your door and say hello to every single student. Create opportunities for students to talk.
We can’t control Mother Nature, but we can choose how we respond to each other.
A little background before I jump into the meat of this post. I was voxering with my friend and thought partner, Sean Gaillard about books and my challenge of blogging currently. He suggested that I blog about what I am reading. I loved it. So here we go…
One of my latest reads was Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger. As I began reading this book, I sent this to one of my friends because we were just talking about this. Needless to say, this book spoke to me as I read.
My Favorite Quotes:
- It’s tempting to bubble-wrap our lives. Layer upon layer of protection means we stay unbroken, right through the end….And yet what does this approach yield for us? A life of boredom, a lack of impact, spiritual death.
- Respond to that prompting today. Don’t let another twenty-four hours pass in which you push off what you know you must do.
- We can’t grow without vulnerability, and we can’t be vulnerable alone.
- Judgment also shows up as a form of self-protection.
- One sure way to know that a culture has shifted toward collaboration is this: when a group of people come together to truly share the load, division doesn’t divide; instead, it unifies.
How it will impact my work:
- It’s time for me to remove my bubble wrap and go forward. My bubble wrap at work can be seen in my busyness. The air of busyness can push people away and keep isolated.
- I will model vulnerability for others around me. I will trust that being uncomfortable is part of the process.
- I will listen to my inner voice when it begins to judge and ask myself what I trying to protect myself from.
- I will practice trusting the promptings and do it then and not later. (Big Hint for my blogging)
This book has the power to change me if remove my bubble wrap and stay consistent.
So, I have been doing this one word thing for several years now. It’s a great way to focus my year. I realized that I became better because I used that word to focus my efforts. I committed to exercising and writing. I started to focus on what really matters. Unfortunately, last year my word led to confusion. Last year, I instead of being humble; invited doubt into my habits.
As I reflected on this problem, I thought of some models of humility. Mary, Jesus’ mother, was humble, but she did not seem to doubt her decision to say yes. St. Mother Teresa did not question her choices. What I noticed with both of them, they had faith and trust in God. So this year, I am selecting Trust as my one word for 2018.
I need trust to in myself, in others, and most importantly in God. Brene Brown suggests that in addition to defining what does trust looks like in action we also need to identify when we are not living into our value.
I am living out trust when:
- I will choose connection over isolation.
- I will add value to others and myself.
- I will treat myself as a trusted friend.
I am not living out trust:
- I don’t assume best intentions.
- I am silent when I need to speak out.
- I question and doubt myself.
This will not be an easy task, but I know if I spend the time in small moments to build trust, I will create a better world.