Don't wish your days away. A wise friend of mine told me that once and it has stuck with me ever since. I used to do this--wish it was Christmas break, spring break, summer break, any kind of break. But after my friend told me that, I reconsidered my wish list. Why was I wishing all this time to pass? If I disliked my job enough to anticipate every break...well, maybe I should look for a different profession. But I liked my job. What I didn't like was the count down mentality I acquired.
I know I've written about ending count down talk in the past, but as we near the holiday season, I have to remind myself to live in the moment. Every minute I spend in the classroom, for me, is a blessing. I may, in time, be forced from the place I love. I think about it often as kids file into the classroom, share corny jokes with me, wonder about my comments on a paper, or shoot the breeze with my students. I want to live in the moment and give every particle of myself to my students. I want to enjoy their humor, be a part of their lives, and encourage them in their learning. I want to be a positive voice in their lives.
This time of year it's easy to get caught up in the wave of looking forward. But I like the view from where I'm sitting--in the present, living in the moment.