Friday, January 15, 2010

What You Love


Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

~ Mary Oliver

This week I love my job. I shouldn't speak so quickly. It isn't over just yet. But this week I do. Love it, that is. And I can whine about waking early or miniscule pay or futile meetings or terribly written papers I have to critique beyond the obvious "This. Just. Sucks." But being fully present in the classroom can simply rock my socks. Because I love literature and writing and words and I get to share that particular little piece of myself with a semi-attentive audience every day. And some weeks they are more attentive than others. And some weeks I want to run screaming from the place.

But this is a little reminder to that teacher gone mad--not every day is like that. You get gifts: weeks that work right, lesson plans that soar, students who need you and you alone because no one else will do. You get gifts. Remember, you wanted to do this. You wanted to do something you'd love, something that would matter for more than yourself. And some days you get a glimpse of it mattering. Not every day, but some. And these days, these gifts keep you going.

*As always, thanks for the image, sabino

4 comments:

Jen said...

Very nice.

Elder Wardle said...

I agree 100%! I am sure you are a fabulous teacher! From teacher to teacher...I get it haha!

Terresa said...

Being fully present is a gift. Developing it now will help you every day of your life, through all the good times & all the crap (yes, crap), to be present in future experiences, whatever they may be.

Lovely post, picture and quote. They rock my socks. :)

Alice said...

Love those gifts that come as "love this moment". I know you are a fab teacher and hopefully a few of those buggers recognize it.

I love that you repeated that whole rock my socks business.