When I was going through my teaching program, the philosophical question, "Are people born teachers, or made teachers? " was often discussed. Obviously, there are pertinent defenses for both philosophies. However, I was born a teacher. I have never wanted to be anything else (except a mama, of course) . I think sometimes I forget I am no longer in the classroom, because my teaching philosophy just seems to burst right out of me. I am of the holistic education approach. I also stress interpersonal respect.
Tonight, my husband and I were celebrating a monetary gift we had received from my aunt, and we went to Texas Roadhouse. My husband dropped me off at the front door to put our name in while he parked the car and took the baby out of his carseat. As it is in a small town on a Friday night, there was a noticeable wait to be seated. There were two other families walking to the door as I approached. Two boys, about 10 or 12 proceded to walk right in front of me and not hold the door. Yikes, was my natural teacher instinct to address this behavior-especially when both parents who witnessed the behavior ignored it. I took a step back (literally, as the door stopped in my face), took a breath, relaxed, and held the door for two more families. My gift tonight was two -fold. It was to hold the door and let two families ahead of ours. It was also a gift to myself. I was reminded how easy is to make the choice not to let something ruffle my feathers. I was also reminded of what great students I was blessed to have taught. For now, I will focus my positive energy on teaching my most important student, my son. I also want to note that I keep expecting my gifts to be grand, but maybe that's just the lessons in it all...the small ones really are.
Today I am thankful for :
2. A safe neighborhood I can take my son for walks in
3. Discounted deal on The Lorax
*I know, totally unrelated to my post, but hey, that's what's on my heart for today *
Reading this again, I remembered my affirmation this morning - I will give peacefully. After I made it, I thought, "How will I give peacefully?" Oh, God, you are so good!