My friend and I were walking towards my classroom yesterday afternoon when she suddenly stopped, made eye contact with a security guard and said to her in a loud voice, “YOU SHOULD BE A TEACHER!” In that moment, my friend changed that young woman’s life. I do not know how my friend sensed it or if she had at all, but she had just provided the words of encouragement this younger woman had been needing. The young woman told us she had always wanted to be a teacher but had felt discouraged until that moment we walked by (and looked into her eyes). …Such is the power of acknowledgement!
Today I sat in a coffee shop sipping my coffee when my cell phone rang. I did not recognize the number. It was a coworker who has a friend who is a school principal. He told me he was trying to help his friend recruit good teachers and thought I should talk to his friend. I was extremely touched that this seasoned teacher thought of me (though I have already signed an employment contract in another county). This was a memorable phone call for me because I’m human and like to hear good things about me sometimes.
Have you given or be given a compliment lately? Has a compliment ever changed your life or the life of someone you know?
This will be final week as a teacher for at least a year while I finish my behavior analysis certification. I loved just about every moment of teaching and am going to make this break worth every minute and every penny: learn as much as I can to be an even better more resourceful teacher.
In about a week, my life will be completely different. I will no longer be able to tell people “I’m a teacher.” I’ll be living in a different town, with different people. I’ll be driving a different car. Instead of students, I will have clients. I’ll be working Monday through Saturday instead of Monday through Friday. I’ll be spending more, but I’ll be making less: $30,000 less per year. Granted the benefits and pay at this new job are much better than most agencies of this kind and this job title offer, but I keep looking at my life in shock. What happened? This is what I really wanted? Am I really taking a $30 K pay cut to learn something new? For this kind of pay cut, I better have a very stable career after two years, some children’s books published or a Mr. Right that I will meet and marry and then we’ll quit our jobs and go traveling! Haha! Or maybe I’ll just be much better at teaching and much better at meditating and yoga, as I intend to devote a good part of my mornings to it. I admit to being inconsistent with it thus far in my life. I’m more excited that I’ll live in a suite again in a month and that I met an attorney at a workshop and I’ll be volunteering at this attorney’s office during my spare time after I move down there than I am about the pay cut and the job. I hope to return to teaching after learning for two years at this lower paid job with kids with more challenges, but only time will tell. This is a new adventure and I should be excited, but I find myself worried and stressed instead. I hope I am making the right choice.
PS. It occurs to me if I were taking this large paycut to study and/or teach yoga, I’d have few qualms about it. I definitely need to study yoga after I finish the certification I am currently working on!!!! For now, I just need a more consistent practice/ abhyasa !!!!!!!