Do I Make a Difference? (I mean some days?? . . . and it’s worse after the full moon!) Yes! You are making a difference.
Some days we can get a bit down on our choice of career. We leave university idealistic, positive, and ready to take on any challenge. As the school year starts we see the best in our students, and we think, “This is going to be a great year!” Then the honeymoon phase of each school year ends – in some classes sooner than others. It becomes the reality of the challenges facing classroom teachers and school staff everywhere, the constant wheels turning in your brain of how to solve the problems, work more efficiently, care more, have more time, etc. It can become maddening, and at times even worse – depressing. I want to share a quote I heard recently, and I am living by it because it is truth to me: “Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he’s been robbed. The fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to just be people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. Life is like an old time rail journey . . . delays . . . sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. The trick is to be thankful for the ride.” Gordon B. Hinkley
At times, I think we can get down on ourselves because we think we are not doing enough. We can’t hold the attention of our students for more than 15 seconds. No one seems to be listening. We are doing a poor job, and for what? We aren’t even making a difference. Sigh . . . Don’t buy into these negative thoughts! Push them aside. I have worked in 6 schools, and I have never met a group of more caring folks who work in education. Yes, everyone has something they can improve on, but at the same time they have twenty + other amazing skills they share with our students everyday. You make a tremendous difference in the lives of the students at OPA. Everyday you create glimpses of those beautiful vistas for your students to see in themselves. Don’t focus on the delays, smoke, and dust. No one remembers that anyway. I am super thankful to be part of such a great group of amazing people and proud to be an OPA Aguilla.