It is amazing what a break can do for attitude and rejuvenation. It has been a stressful fall term for a number of reasons, but sometimes I think I can get caught up in a circle of negativity that can be difficult to break. Having the opportunity to remove myself from the school over break has allowed me to reflect on the reality of my circumstances.
- I love my job.
- I have a fantastic, creative and innovative staff.
- I have a strong supportive admin team with my vice-principal.
- I enjoy my students and am glad to be back in the classroom.
- I have a large group of hard-working and generous parents.
- I work as part of school division team that challenges me.
I came across an article posted on twitter over the holidays, written by Franchesca Warren, titled “Taking the Bitterness Out of Teaching: Four Ways to Find Your Professional ‘Breath of Fresh Air’.” In the article she describes a similar mind frame to mine before our school break. It is easy to get caught up in the negative things that are going on around us. Most of these things are out of our control and it does not really matter how much we complain about them or to avoid them, the reality is they exist.
In the article Warren includes the following quote:
If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn
Five years ago my family made a huge change leaving our family farm and a teaching position I had been in for 20 years and relocating to another province. Our children were fantastic at making the adjustment to a new school and community and the move has been positive for us all. At the time of our move I was very ready for a professional change and felt I was being overcome by the negative things in my professional life that I could not control. Looking at the move as a fresh start I vowed I would not allow myself to get into that negative frame of mind again.
Taking time to reflect has made me realize the importance of designing our own life plan. We cannot allow things out of our control to proliferate and overwhelm us to the point they are controlling our lives and not us.
As we start a new year, and start back to school after winter break, it is the perfect time to design a new life plan.