Lense of Gratitude 

Lense of Gratitude 

We don’t have to serve students and parents…we get to.

A lense of gratitude does not mean we deny that sometimes teaching is hard. Rather, it means we embrace the challenges.

A lense of gratitude does not mean we are thankful for all parts of our work, rather it means we accept that there is always bad with the good. We know there is far more good in our work with children than bad. 

When we filter all that comes our way through a lense of gratitude…

When we are thankful for what we get to do each day…

Whether the sun is shining or it is raining…

anything is possible

Even loving our jobs so much that when that last bell rings, not only are there tears in our eyes, there are tears in our students’ eyes too.

A grateful heart is a happy heart, and our kids deserve it.

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Living Rich Doesn’t Cost a Penny

Living Rich Doesn’t Cost a Penny

I was a Facebook-resistor for years.  I like living my life to be the best me I can be, not comparing myself to others. So, I stayed focused on the 4D real-life going on around me.

I assumed that people would post amazing stuff going on in their lives and leave out all of the bad stuff, which would make their lives look perfect. My life will never be perfect, and I didn’t want to compare myself to that false image of their lives. 

But, my imperfect life is a rich life. Not rich in monetary terms. Rich in the emotional sense. 

I get to experience deep joy and heart-warming moments. Belly laughs are a part of my daily workout routine. I try to live in a state of gratitude. 

I also experience gut-wrenching sadness, disappointment, stress, self-doubt, even sometimes self-loathing. I cry at the weirdest times.

But, that is how life is. To be able to know the joyful highs of life, one also must know moments of deep down lows.

My son was really sad the other day when he was saying goodbye to people he loves because he didn’t know when he would see them again. In those moments, I attempt to teach him to be grateful for the sadness. To let it wash over him, to really experience the moment. To appreciate that it means he loves and he is loved. Because the high of love comes with the low of sadness. And not only is it okay, it is necessary to live a rich life.

My kids whine. I run short of patience. My husband is grumpy when he wakes up. My dog has his own agenda 99% of the time. My life is imperfect. Just like yours. Yet, I wake up everyday grateful for this rich life full of highs and lows. I smile because it makes me feel good and it helps others. And my superficial side thinks a smile looks much better on me than a frown.

So, Facebook, I have ended my resistance and I am happy I joined you. I appreciate seeing posts from people I love and admire. I am often inspired by them. 

But, Facebook, you did prove me right. I see many sugar-coated posts or negative ones that blame others. The most inspiring posts to me are the ones that say, “You are not alone. I am not perfect either. Just trying to enjoy my ride on crazy train too.”  

I wonder, will our next generation understand what living a truly rich life means?

A rich life is a deep life, confronting the spectrum of emotions with a grateful heart. Happiness comes with moments of sadness…to experience the highs life has to offer, you must know the lows. 

Tell Her

Tell Her

“If at first you don’t succeed, try doing it the way your mother told you to.”

-Unknown

Two of the things I miss the most about my mom are at opposite ends of the emotional spectrum.

I miss laughing with her. Especially those days when everything seemed funny. That kind of laugh that leaves you feeling relaxed and stress-free.

I miss the way she would call me out on my crap. I would be mad at first. Not in the, “she doesn’t really love me,” kind of way. I never questioned how she felt about me. I was mad in the, “poop, she’s right,” kind of way.

Mother’s Day is a great time to reflect on what you love the most about your mom.

Then tell her.

Mother's Day

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