Sunday, October 14, 2012
And that is saying something for someone who is as passionate and dedicated to the profession as I am. This blog is a testament to the happiness, love and blessings I feel everyday when I walk into my classroom to see the energetic, welcoming smiles of my students.
I am a teacher.
I am an educator.
It has always been my destiny and it is my bliss. Why, oh, why then am I feeling beat up lately by the disrespect heaped upon those in my profession? Have my rose-colored glasses slipped a bit? Am I just more aware of the manifestations of insolence that were always around me?
Who knows? But in a society that seeks to find fault with teachers (and if none can be found they'll make something up) it is difficult to keep smiling. In the jungle a zebra can never really relax.
But, today in church I decided to reclaim my optimism and focus only on what I can control and nurture. And that is the day-to-day learning and interactions with the students entrusted to my care. Today I am reminded to keep my eyes on the joy.
It's the only thing that lasts and in the end it's the only thing that matters.