Giving of Thanks

I’m a giver. I like to give and express my appreciation. YET- I always feel like I don’t do it ENOUGH. With the demands of life, I hope that those around me understand the inferences of appreciation I show because not always do the words come out of my mouth, though I feel them in my heart.

This Thanksgiving was probably the best yet. The memories we shared will carry me through the year. I want to stand on a mountain and scream the appreciation I have for my family. It took a team effort to make my first Thanksgiving go smoothly. THANK YOU!

I can’t explain to you how grateful I am that my family came together in good health. Sitting around the table together brought me hope. Life is so uncertain and unpredictable, it made me even more appreciative of those moments shared. I know life will not always be easy and these are the moments I must hold dear and near. (I’m still looking for the PAUSE button in life upon which I can also REWIND back to in future days).

As I sit here typing this, the rain is hitting the windows and is making me want to curl up and read a good book and DREAD going to work tomorrow because I know I’ll have to deal with the rain. Yet sitting to my left is my beautiful little girl snuggling close to me coloring a pretty picture for me bringing me HOPE. Her joy for life makes the dreary rain seem like white noise. She is a great reminder that LIFE IS ABOUT PERSPECTIVE.

As a giver, I always strive to provide an authentic POSITIVE OUTLOOK on things and life. In doing so, it shapes my perspective. Seeing life through someone else’s eyes can strengthen my empathy and self reflection. It makes me stronger. Yet sometimes it makes me overthink LIFE’S FRAGILITY. Life is short. Yet how short? Oh geez. I need to find that PAUSE button.

Going back to the start, I want to give thanks and show appreciation in all things because TIME IS VALUABLE and valuing it is how I want to show MY THANKS. As much as I want to be able to determine what the future holds, I know TODAY brings me HAPPINESS and HOPE. I hold tight to those two things as they will carry me through all things. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE IN MY LIFE THAT MAKE ME STRONGER, WISER AND HAPPIER! I hope you know who you are- BECAUSE I KNOW IT’S YOU!!!

I’ll leave you with another set of lyrics that touch my heart and go along with this post:

Here’s to Willie Nelson and his song “I’m Alive”“I’m Alive”

It’s so damn easy to say that life’s so hard
Everybody’s got their share of battle scars
As for me, I’d like to thank my lucky stars
That I’m alive and well

And it’d be easy to add up all the pain
And all the dreams you sat and watched go up in flames
You were on, on the wreckage as it smolders in the rain
But not me, I’m alive

And today you know that’s good enough for me
Breathing in and out’s a blessing, can’t you see?
Today is the first day of the rest of my life
And I’m alive and well, God, I’m alive and well

Stars are dancing on the water here tonight
It’s good for the soul when there’s not a soul in sight
This boat has caught it’s wind and brought me back to life
Now I’m alive and well

And today you know that’s good enough for me
Breathing in and out’s a blessing, can’t you see?
Today is the first day of the rest of my life
And I’m alive and well, God, I’m alive and well

Post-Election School Day

Wow. Being a teacher at this time in history is remarkable. You get the most genuine, sometimes comical responses from 10 year olds during the ‘turning points’ in history. I am proud to be a guide in the acquisition and filtration of information for these kids. Today is a day that I probably will never forget in my career as a teacher.

As we all came to work (for our 8:00 am meeting) a little weary, dreary and concerned, I couldn’t help but feel an utter concern for change. No matter whom would become our next president, change in leadership (that kids think will DIRECTLY impact their near futures), wasn’t going to be easy to embrace through their eyes as kids. They’ve heard the hype. They’ve briefly caught word of what the candidates have done or said, and it’s ALL been negative- which has greatly concerned me as a leader of our future leaders.

We’ve spent all this time teaching our youth that leadership is supposed to be ‘choosing to be kind’ and ‘making good decisions’ and ultimately ‘showing respect to all.’ Its been a confusing matter when our youth are watching the bantering between our PRESIDENTIAL candidates and even more unfortunate that they can directly quote the negative words/names/phrases/comments coming from our now future president. This is so contradictory to what we are teaching our kids. Again, this brings great concern to me.

Now, I didn’t intend this post to be my ‘ranting’ about all the uncertainties that lay ahead. I meant for it to be an authentic reflection of the innocent response to the things going on around us in the world. Seeing things through kids eyes, definitely provides a true glimpse about what we have transpiring before us. It brings motivation to be the change we want to see (more positive contributions to society) as well as drive to show the greatness that still exists in our world/nation and to inspire THEM to be a part of that greatness.

My lifetime investment in the world of education is to give back what has been given to me. Hope. Inspiration. Belief in Greatness and Myself, and above all- to be HUMBLE and KIND.

As my duty-free lunch has come to an end- I am going to copy and paste some great parts to one of my life-motto songs: Humble and Kind. May you be inspired by greatness SOMEHOW today.

You know there’s a lot that goes by the front door
Don’t forget the keys under the mat
Childhood stars shine, always stay humble and kind
Go to church ’cause your momma says to
Visit grandpa every chance that you can
It won’t be a waste of time
Always stay humble and kind

Hold the door say please say thank you
Don’t steal, don’t cheat, and don’t lie
I know you got mountains to climb but
Always stay humble and kind

When the dreams you’re dreamin’ come to you
When the work you put in is realized
Let yourself feel the pride but
Always stay humble and kind

Read more: Tim McGraw – Humble And Kind Lyrics | MetroLyrics

 

Saturday Morning Download.

Good Morning. Yes, it’s 7:24 AM on a Saturday. The sun has NOT shown it’s face yet, and here I am wide awake staring at this bright screen composing a new post. I’m compelled- so I’m up and at ’em to DOWNLOAD my thoughts and see what they look like on a computer screen. (I’m hoping it won’t be too BLAH).

To begin with- I love to write. I don’t do it enough. I’ve been inspired to do it more but I’m greatly distracted by my lifelong investments of being a mother, educator and wife. Because of these great investments, I have become a very reflective person. This is where writing will be a great benefit as it will allow me to take action on some of my thoughts, or simply feel joy in the little things of life. So here goes. THE BEGINNING.

As a fourth grade teacher, I’ve been required to embark on a new writing curriculum this year. I’m teaching these lessons with some prep of course, but with little training prior to implementation. I’m trying to use my natural inspiration in the value of writing to direct and guide me through the rich (and lengthly) lesson plans. Therefore, in good practice, I’m going to use one of the strategies that I first taught my students about writing. DOWNLOAD. Take a pencil and piece of paper and just write, jot, sketch out ANYTHING you’d like to write about NOW or LATER. So- here goes my DOWNLOAD (using keystrokes to document rather than pencil and paper):

  • ANXIETY and WORRY vs. HOPE and FAITH: the balance of life
  • ASPIRATIONS: what does the future hold?
  • PARENTING: the adventures and journey: keeping positive in all things
  • CAREER: Impacts, Inspirations, Implications and More
  • VALUE of LIFE: All that’s important to me…

Though this list is short, it has many layers and pathways. The best thing about writing is it’s unpredictability. Some times and some days- it’s just what MOVES you. In this case, I must prepare you and myself for what may lay ahead in this journey. For now (if you’re reading this) I thank you for your time. I know its precious. I feel valued in your short-term investment when essentially- this is for my mere reflection and character development.

Till next time… (which who knows- it may be in a second post today, a new post tomorrow, or forgive me- days ahead)…. enjoy your moments and may your reflections be enriching.

Endnote: I may have started this entry early in the mornin’ but with the small interruptions in my day (which I embrace warmly) I am finishing this at 1:12 PM while my little angel lay asleep next to me. I am ever so thankful for these small moments.I will hold on to them forever.