Sunday, November 14, 2010

In a Happy Place...

This post has been in draft form for a few months.  As I get back to reflecting and blogging, I thought this was a perfect post to start with.  A couple of months ago I  came across this post  and it really made me think.

My last school year was one TOUGH year.  I lost both my father and mother-in-law, had a job that I loved, but had so much stress from an unhealthy work environment, that it physically made me sick.  In December of that year I made the conscious decision to finish off the year and then resign.  It was a hard choice and I wasn't sure what I was learning in this process, but I am so happy that I took that leap.

I am now in a place where I am truly happy.  I think that I am in this happy place because when life was tough....I loved people anyway...I did good anyway...I was honest and frank anyway...I helped people anyway...and I gave the world the best that I had anyway.  Life has rewarded me for staying true to myself.  It wasn't easy, but what I have learned though out life is that true lessons in life are never easy.

The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith.

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered. Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Who's Accountable...Teachers or Students?

Today I was going through my Google Reader and came across this post and was a little irritated after reading.  A few minutes later I ran into this post and watched the video.  Amazing talk!  If only more professors/teachers would change the way they teach, then there would be no reason for them to "shut down laptops and other digital distractions."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Willing to Surrender

    Change is the essence of life.  Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. -Unknown

I am not too sure where I found this quote, but it really seems to fit where I am professionally.  After a lot of thought I have decided to take a leap of faith and leave my current position.  I LOVE what I do and I LOVE the students, faculty, and staff that I work with.  For me, it comes down to happiness and passion.  For various reasons this year, I have lost the passion to be in my current position.  I find that far to often people stay in a position even if they are unhappy.  I don't want to be that person...Therefore, I am surrendering what I am for what I can become.  By staying true to my character, I hope that good things will come my way.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Growing Up Connected

One of my colleagues shared this article with us today.  My response to this was... I am sure similar things were said when the phone came into play...I remember my parents getting upset with me for spending so much time on the phone with my friends.

I think it all comes back to good parenting, moderation, and modeling.  We (parents, teachers, etc.) are just as connected to our Blackberry's, iPhones, Facebook, and Twitter so what kind of message are we sending?  It's very frustrating to hear people bash the tool, when the tool is not the source of the problem.

I believe that Americans in general have problems being "connected" or in the "moment."  We don't value relationships or personal interaction in our society, so why should our students?  Our job as educators and parents is to model this.  Do you think we are doing a good job at this?

Friday, April 23, 2010

TEDTalks : Tom Wujec: Build a tower, build a team - Tom Wujec (2010)

Truly fascinating! Wouldn't this be a great team building activity to do at the beginning of the school year!

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Appreciating Life

It's interesting when Mother Nature brings life to a halt how people react.  Instead of people being anxious and rushed like they tend to be in these parts of the world, everyone just seemed to take things in stride.  Life seemed to slow down a bit...people were out chatting with their neighbors, helping each other, and being friendly.

As we ease back into our routines and return to "normal" this week, it will be interesting to see how things emerge...I have a pretty good feeling of what that will look like and unfortunately it isn't promising.

What I have learned during this unexpected time off is that maybe we all need to slow down a bit and appreciate the finer things in life...a good book, catching up with friends, meeting  neighbors, appreciating what I have, and spending quality time with those I love.