Bird Droppings November 16, 2016
Teaching is always climbing up another rung
Today was a hard day for me. I have been hit hard with a seasonal allergy sinus issue and smoke from North Georgia is definitely not helping. Our house is heated with gas and the dry heat does me in every year. Combine that with turning sixty seven and pondering what to do next with my life and makes for interesting mornings. I have paperwork to complete and things I need to attend to and seem to put off waiting on tomorrow. Applications to get in ideas to float about and so much more. Trying to survive a class of kids where several have no intent of making it to graduation and spend a day or two with us and then are in school suspension and or out of school suspension and or don’t come at all. Years ago I would have spent time looking why. Now I am content to watch them fall off the face of the earth. You have to pick your battles with limited resources physically, emotionally, and mentally.
Thanksgiving break is next week and then a week or two of class time and then a week or so of testing and the semester mountain is nearly climbed as we approach the holidays. Even with my aversion to shopping I will be going out with my wife to brave the masses of the malls and finish up the holiday shopping while toting a ton of gifts to be all too soon. I am looking forward to the holidays while we are out from school for nearly two weeks. I am looking forward to spending time with friends and family. We have multiple Christmas’ going around the south visiting South Georgia and North Carolina. I am seriously looking forward to sitting down and doing some writing and some serious holiday eating and cooking.
I am finishing up my meditation and writing this morning after an evening filled with finishing up season nine of criminal Minds, I am addicted to Netflix. This morning I started the day reading posts from friends to a fellow teacher and family friend whose husband was killed in an automobile accident five years ago. It is a difficult time of year for families to deal with a loss but as I read through hundreds of posts and support from friends literally all over some even returning home for the holidays to be with their friends in this time of sorrow and joy. Some days I am disappointed in the human spirit but this is not one of those days.
“One only gets to the top rung of the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sorts of abilities which you thought never belonged to you–suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, ‘Well, I’ll have a go, too.’” Margaret Thatcher
The first woman Prime Minister of Great Britain was in her time the most powerful woman in the world. It is her philosophy of success that she discusses here and is simple, one step, one rung, one at a time to the top. So many folks want to jump from the ground to the top and forget there is so much in between. Seldom do you here negative comments about Prime Minister Thatcher of her time in office and the great dignity and poise she brought at a difficult time in our world’s history.
“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.” John Foster Dulles
One of the major ways that we as humans learn is through trial and error. However true success is not repeating the error again and again but doing anew and that is when we are succeeding.
“What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team.” Benjamin F. Fairless
As I read this note and the four simple rules or ingredients to success I was amazed at the simplicity. First love what you do, and then give it your best, thirdly seize opportunities, and finally teamwork and success can be yours. As I walk through the doors of a school and look at teachers so often you can tell good teachers by who is smiling, a sure sign that they want to be there. For these teachers it is not just a job they love what they do and do give the job their best. In no other field have I ever seen people seize opportunity such as in teaching. When paper is allocated or budget cuts restrict supplies you learn quickly to be resourceful and work with others it is so much easier to accomplish then working independently.
“Success is that old A B C; ability, breaks, and courage.” Charles Luckman
We acquire ability through learning and effort and taking advantage of breaks that come along and keeping your eyes open and always being ready. Courage is that character aspect of us that is that inner drive that can lead a person upward.
“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, learning from failure.” Colin Powell
As he lead US forces back a few years and then as Secretary of State Colin Powell has simply put it all in order as far as life goes, in order to find success you must prepare do your homework. Then you do the work and get it done and finally learn from your errors, from your mistakes and use them to succeed. As I read this afternoon between cleaning and shopping I found a thought I would like to end with.
“It is more important to be of service than successful.” Robert Kennedy Jr.
For many people the idea of success is a selfish thing, but finding true success is when what you do is affecting others positively. As I think back to so many who are taking time today and yesterday to help with the pain of losing a loved one and so many others pieces of life’s puzzle let us all take heed of our time we have. Today in this coming holiday please keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your heart and to always give thanks namaste.
My family and friends I do not say this lightly,
(We are all related)