Week of January 14, 2019
Hope everyone has had a great weekend. I was thinking this past weekend about how so many of our students are searching for something that gives them a purpose. During our middle school years, we are riding an emotional roller coaster ride that we think we will never get off of. Well, the roller coaster will continue throughout life but how we deal with our emotions during the ups and downs, twists and turns, and even those loop-de-loops will determine if we survive the ride so to speak. Some core things we can start with is developing a personal philosophy and purposing in ourselves to live by.
Some might say this is impossible or it will never happen. Well, I would disagree. You see our parents/guardians/grandparents start at an early age instilling some core beliefs that ultimately stick with us: don't lie, be kind, be obedient, respect your elders, have integrity, and etc.. We learn these core values and continually build upon them throughout our lives. One thing I can recall is my grandmother constantly telling me that "I can't fight my way through the world." It took a long time to realize what she meant. She meant that I needed to find what made me happy and gave me peace by ceasing to fight everyone that was trying to help lead me. Once I learned that bit, school started to get better and so did my relationships. And so to can it get for our students, your children, our parents, and teachers/faculty. It's never too late to re-evaluate and change direction if we need to
Think this week about what values you have had instilled/taught to you and how you react to those teachings. Do you fight them or do you respect them and try to follow through? What are your personal beliefs? What "phrase" would best describe how you want to live your life?
Week of January 2, 2019
We often go through life trying to fit huge plans into small amounts of time, when this happens, we are overloaded and we eventually go kaput. However, the following snippet was submitted via an email from Mrs. Schrader and it came from Dr. Abby. We know what it is we need to do, if we break our years down to months, our months down to weeks, our weeks down to days, and our days down to hours and strive to make each hour mean something and accomplish something. We would then be on our way to managing ourselves rather than the clock dictating to us.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will live through THIS DAY ONLY. I will not brood about yesterday or obsess about tomorrow. I will not set far-reaching goals or try to overcome all of my problems at once. I know that I can do something for 24 hours that would overwhelm me if I had to keep it up for a lifetime.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will be happy. I will not dwell on thoughts that depress me. If my mind fills with clouds, I will chase them away and fill it with sunshine.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will accept what is. I will face reality. I will correct those things that I can correct and accept those I cannot.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will improve my mind. I will read something that requires effort, thought and concentration. I will not be a mental loafer.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will make a conscious effort to be agreeable. I will be kind and courteous to those who cross my path, and I’ll not speak ill of others. I will improve my appearance, speak softly, and not interrupt when someone else is talking. Just for today, I will refrain from improving anybody but myself.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will do something positive to improve my health. If I’m a couch potato, I will get up and move. If I am a procrastinator, then each day will have me doing one extra thing to get it off my todo list.
JUST FOR TODAY: I will gather the courage to do what is right and take responsibility for my own actions.
This is a way for us to not become overwhelmed, to find peace amongst the chaos, and taking each day one day at a time.