With my extended family I feel I have very little power. I do, however, have the power to control me…..and who I want to be
The fragility scares me – so I honestly try not to dwell on it too much. However, there are moments when I realize how easily everything can change (usually when someone is late and I am fearful of some kind of tragedy).
The resilience – I see everyday. Working in a school with so many students – I see mistakes and hard things happen – and yet students come back day after day.
Gratitude allows us to feel like we have enough with what we have and to stop coveting the need for more.
Working with people as a team to make a better school. Connecting with and enjoying my family.
The gift of lending a hand when I was feeling overwhelmed. The gift of taking the initiative and letting me know what I need to do to help.
I try to solve problems with creative projects…..I find myself involved in many different brainstorming sessions that engage my creativity and my need for connection
I had a daycare provider when my kids were little who became my mentor and guru for all things children. I would like to write her and tell her how much her outlook on life and children influenced my family – and how much I needed and loved her support when the kids were young and it was so hard!!!
In so many ways: my family, my health, feeling fulfilled with work, my safe environment, never worrying about food or water or where I am going to sleep at night
Being involved in decision making. Teaching to kids who have had a disrupted education. Being part of a team that is about bonding and fun and not about winning. Talking and experiencing diversity on a daily basis. Letting my children learn from their mistakes
I can share my blessings by connecting with others – being a willing listener, teacher and learner – will help us all grow in the end.
I actually haven’t been – and this is a good reminder that I want to be. My daughter is going through a hard situation with a friend – and I am feeling helpless in helping her deal with the struggle. Remembering that there is good in every one helps me to have a better perspective on this situation.
Letting my children grow into the people they are going to be requires me to step back and let them take the reins. It calls for me to understand where they are at and to stop fearing that I am doing the wrong thing. Stop fearing that they can’t handle a situation or that they won’t reach out when they need help.
I can direct them to a space that will start the journey to healing and learning.
Being grateful allows me to see the positive in any moment. By seeing the positive, I can acknowledge the negative, learn from it and let it go….
I am learning the life lessons of understanding and empathy with my teenagers who are struggling with the return to school and all of the social jungle that goes along with high school. They are truly doing the best that they can with the skills that they have….and the best learning is always very, very messy.
I am grateful that I have a safe space to be in (emotionally and physically)
I am grateful that I get to exercise every morning – with a variety of different types of exercise
I am grateful I feel so connected to the members of my family
I can create a better plan moving forward for a student – so we both know the expectations, the boundaries and the way forward. Being clear is kind
I most recently discovered the phrase ….”I get to….” so even in “bad times” I get to find the thing that I am going to learn and grow. It may be painful and hard, but adversity always helps me to be a more compassionate, empathetic person
I cherish our family dinners. I cherish my morning routine. I cherish connecting with my husband at the end of a workday
Today is about truth and reconciliation. Although I teach math, I am going to take time and talk about the need for truth and reconciliation in my class – as well as my experiences in the north. I am hoping to nurture a generation that is more accepting and diverse.
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