The other night, I participated in a YouTube discussion with A.J. Juliani and George Couros, as part of the Innovative Teaching Academy. The discussion was as phenomenal as I expected it to be. I learned a lot, comment some but it was something that George said that really hit me.
How often do we spend our time complaining instead doing?
It really made me think. Do I waste my time complaining (or worrying, or stressing, or any other adjective you can add here) about the things I can and can’t change? I had to step back and really ponder that thought. And hard truth was…sometimes, maybe even a lot of times.
I worry that being a short, older (not old) female that finished college later than most, I won’t be taken seriously unless I am perfect. I worry that I won’t be able to provide for my children where my job status is unknown (decisions have yet to be made). As I find myself alone with two children, I worry that I haven’t been enough or done enough for long enough for the person that was supposed to be a part of my life forever. I worry about a lot of things. I’m sure you do too.
But you know what? I realized that those things only provide excuses for me to not move forward, taking control of my situation and saying I will get through it. I have the resources and knowledge I need to help me achieve my goals. I have colleagues and friends that I know have my back and will help if I ask. I have my faith that guides and sheers me up when I feel worthless or alone.
So after hearing that statement and pondering on it, I have decided…I will spend my time MAKING THINGS HAPPEN! I am going to continue to add lessons and technological examples I have created to the Teaching Choir Page. I will continue to post my thoughts to this blog. I will continue to teach amazing students I teach every day (after Spring Break, that is). I will continue to look for new opportunities and even maybe a new job. But…I will succeed! I can do it! You can too!