The Truth About Failure

So scared, I couldn't even start...it's happened before, just didn't want to believe I was a procrastinator. It goes against all of my efficiency, planning, and organizing talents- yet here I was, doing EVERYTHING but my assigned project. Yes, I even cooked breakfast for the family, and if you know me, that was a huge red flag-I don't cook. At all. I woke up at 5:00 am today with every intention of working on the assignment, but I found the towels in the dryer needed to be folded, and wouldn't my bed look so much better if I made it now? And hey, the kids just woke up...what could I make them for breakfast? And on, and on, and on, until the school bus pulled away from my drive with my kids aboard. I was alone with myself, and I had to look at the truth in front of me...I had wasted 3 and 1/2 hours NOT doing what I intentionally...
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No Need to Worry

No Need to Worry

I'm the first to admit it - I looked down. If you read my previous post, you know I did not keep my eyes fixed on the Sun. Yeah, that's right, I started to think doubting thoughts. But then yesterday, out in the sunshine while cleaning my pool, I caught the Sun's reflection in my sunglasses as I was looking in the depths of the water. It all came shining back at me - even if all is still on the top of the water, you never really know what's at work under the surface... Wouldn't you know it, right after I put the pool cleaning supplies away, I got the call I've been waiting for?...
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Keep Your Gaze up to the Sun

Keep Your Gaze up to the Sun

I woke up from a very bad dream early this morning, and it put a heavy cloud on my heart.  Although I recognized the nightmare to be just that; a nightmare, I couldn't shake the strange sense of cloudiness over my day.  Nothing from the bad dream was real, but by mid-morning I was still caught in the grasp of the anxious emotions the dream had evoked.  What should an anxious soul do?  Walk.  Breathe in the beauty.  And seek the companionship of another soul. I had difficulty keeping the walking pace of my friend as I struggled with the gloominess that engulfed my mind.  I kept my gaze down, steady on my heavy feet, not able to lift myself to her stride.   I desperately wanted to shake this cloud, lighten my load, so I shared my anxious thoughts with her along that walking path.  Thoughts.  Stirred awake by my nightmare last night.  The same thoughts I have guarded day after day.  The thoughts that have been weighing me down,...
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What Lights You Up?

No, I don't mean what makes you fired up, but what makes you brighter, filled with a light from within? I decided to enjoy this beautiful evening and sit outside while my children played. As the sun began to disappear, I began to realize that the bugs were enjoying me more than I cared for. After a few bites, I decided to light a candle to persuade them to leave my skin alone... As the light from the candle jumped to life, I realized that I too have been feeling more alive, brighter, and glowing from within as I have been taking more time to live for each moment. The simple act of leaving the dirty dishes for later and stepping outside to sit and gaze at my children playing in our backyard didn't just make me feel warm inside, but also put a shine in my children's eyes as well....
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The Lesson that Children Teach – If We Listen

During the Differentiated Instruction Academy that I was teaching today, several of the participating teachers and I were musing about the end of summer and its quick arrival. It was a beautiful thing to notice that the conversation never dipped to a saddened tone. The teachers were all sharing their excitement for getting their classrooms just right for that first day our new group of students will be joining us for our journey of learning together. That's where our differentiation discovery took us today - it isn't the teacher's journey, but the path each learner leads us down as we learn from them. They teach us their preferences, their fears, their prior knowledge and experiences, as well as their strengths and challenges. Our journey as teachers begins when we stop and listen to all their lessons that they're teaching us....
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