This week, I am dealing with the topic of challenging situations. If you are a teacher, they happen every day, to some degree. If you are not a teacher, they happen every day, to some degree.
I am, frankly, feeling inadequate to offer advice in this area. I have had a rough year. Many times I have challenges I usually see them as problems to solve, opportunities to grow. But there are other times I feel like crawling into a cave until it is all over.
The problem is, hiding doesn’t work for long. When you come out, it is still there. So, maybe the focus of this is to encourage myself to do some of those things that have helped in the past. In the midst of struggle, it is sometimes hard to remember what works. It’s too easy to feel like the world is crashing down. At least for me.
- Prayer: Sadly, I leave this one for a last resort, all too often. It should be my go to. My trust in God is a very important part of my life, of who I am. But when I neglect this important aspect, I am missing out on a lot.
2) Connect: Each year I pick a driving word for my school year. There is no rhyme or reason I pick words, other than it seems like a good way to focus. My word this year was connect or connection. My thought was originally to connect with my students and parents. But I am finding differen
t opportunities to connect in other ways with people…or in some cases, failing miserably at connecting. So, my advice would be to not take for granted the relationships in your life. Connect with those important in your life.
3) Reflect: This one is good, but, in the middle of difficulty, must be done carefully. It could be easy for our minds to take us to weird places. Especially in struggle, I often start having feelings of inadequacy. “I’m not good enough.” “What are you thinking?” I second guess myself. So, if I had to encou
rage myself, I would change it to Reflect on the good. I can usually find many things to fix in my life. Sometimes, it is harder for me to consider the things I may be doing well.
I hope this helps.