8 January 2014

you get to choose



yesterday was the monday of all mondays. coming back to work after two full weeks off? yuck. i went to sleep on sunday feeling pretty overwhelmed. real life sure smacks you in the face after a long break!

but i immediately remembered how much i love the students at my school when i arrived on campus at 7:20am. and i was feeling fresh with new years' resolutions under my hair. i decided it was going to be a good day.

and, even though i lost my keys and became stranded, it was a good day, and today too. i am buried in new books for our school library that i picked up (for free!) before the break. somehow i've become a librarian. and i kind of love it!

i've noticed that the thing i tell students most often is "you get to choose" - you get to choose if you behave well or not, if you work hard and succeed academically or not, if you are respectful or not, if you have a good day or not. and i've realized that i need to keep telling myself the same thing. 

11 comments :

  1. Charity,
    I've been reading your sister's (Shawni) blog for a few years now and I check it/catch up often. I found your blog through hers and I enjoy reading about your adventures very much.
    I am a teacher and I wanted to tell you that I agree with how true "you get to choose" is. I tell my students what their "choices" are every day and also agree that we all get to decide what kind of day we have (and how we act, react, and respond to situations).
    Thanks for being a great writer and for inspiring me! All the way from freezing Minnesota :)

    Anna

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  2. You get to choose was a line on Downton Abbey last nite to Mary from her grandmother..it was really powerful and a great life Marta...thanks, Charity!

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  3. Your love for life is absolutely infectious. We could not be more different, but I love that at the core I can connect with the enthusiasm and positive attitude with which you approach all aspects of your life! Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  4. My one word for 2014 is "choose". Choose patience, happiness, health, love, LIFE! You are a great example of choosing life!

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  5. Great post! And you look amazing!

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  6. I totally get what you felt on your first day back at school.

    In my holidays I always think about doing something different. Starting a "real" career for example. In my holidays I only think about the lame side of my job. Like grading 120 papers each month, preparing lessons in the middle of the night or reading heavy books about didactics instead of novels.

    But the second I enter the school building and meet the first students who say "good morning" oder "happy new year", I always feel my heart burst with joy.
    Working among these young people, teaching them, being someone they can talk to, and participating in their process of growing up is so precious.

    Teaching is not a lame job. It is the best profession I can think of.

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  7. I totally get what you felt on your first day back at school.

    In my holidays I always think about doing something different. Starting a "real" career for example. In my holidays I only think about the lame side of my job. Like grading 120 papers each month, preparing lessons in the middle of the night or reading heavy books about didactics instead of novels.

    But the second I enter the school building and meet the first students who say "good morning" oder "happy new year", I always feel my heart burst with joy.
    Working among these young people, teaching them, being someone they can talk to, and participating in their process of growing up is so precious.

    Teaching is not a lame job. It is the best profession I can think of.

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  8. Love this Charity!

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