When I go to my real job, the one that pays me money instead of the one where I do cool stuff with the dogs and then write about it, I teach Pre K in a large school district. The school where I work is a year round school, which means that we take a five and a half week summer break, a three week fall break, a three week winter break and a three week spring break. I love our schedule. However, we’re the only school in our district who does this, and the rest of the district is now going back to school. Every year, there’s a big institute day where someone comes in and talks to us to get us motivated and thinking about the upcoming school year. Yesterday was the big day.
Last year, the speaker was an epic fail. He basically came in and told us all that it was our fault that all the minority males in schools across the nation are failing. We just don’t love them enough. Pardon me while I disagree, but that’s not the topic of this post. After last year, however, I went in to this institute with rather low expectations. However, this year, I was pleasantly surprised when it started off with this video.
After that, we heard the mayor sing our praises, saw a few teachers get some much deserved awards, and then our main speaker took the stage. She is a futurist, which means that she studies past trends and current trends to make predictions about the future. I was fascinated by what she had to say, and part of it did relate to education and the kids I teach.
However, after I left, I kept thinking about what she said and how it applies to so many other things in my life. One thing she talked about was that in our nation’s history, we have “seasons” and she gave some great examples of that. I thought about the trend my life has been in lately and saw some parallels and choices that I can make.
I feel like I’ve been living through a winter in my life lately. Blueberry’s death coincided really closely with the auction at my dad’s farm and it felt like my whole vacation was about loss. There have just been a lot of sad things happening in my life personally. I’ve also felt incredibly tired this week. I’ve actually caught myself falling asleep at the computer the last couple of nights while I try to catch up on other blogs and comment.
Thinking about the future has really made me feel energized, though. I need to start thinking about what’s in front of me instead of what’s behind me. I have Morgan making slow progress. Küster and Flattery are young and seeing the world through new eyes. Bunny is still as willing to join me for adventure as ever. I need to look for the trends that I want our lives to follow. I want us to keep seeing the world in new ways. Money is tight, but we can still help others simply by being kind to them. Smiling at others and wagging tails goes so far in making the world a better place, but we often forget that in the hustle and bustle of life. If we all remember to wag more and bark less, the world will be a much better place for all of us. If someone makes your tail wag today, pass it on and keep it going.