Sunday, September 8, 2013

Time to put my game face on!

It's time to put my game face on!

Well, we are finally here, the eve of the first day of school for the kiddies.  Like everything else this summer, I'm not feeling like I usually do about the start of school.  At this time last year I posted a piece entitled, Today Is Where Your Book Begins, and it's all about how the new school year is a time for fresh starts.  I still believe that, but in the back of my mind I'm seeing not so blue skies ahead.

I've spent the past couple of months enjoying a wonderful summer and now that it's back to the grind I'm not so enthused.  Oh sure I miss teaching and I miss my students, but my work schedule is going to really stink this year and I'm not sure how long I can keep shoveling it against the tide.  

One of the first themes I'm going to introduce this year will be goal setting, and I think I'm going to have to set some for myself, too, all the while remembering last year's theme:

Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

So things aren't so swell looking on the work front, but I believe that anyone can improve on the things in their lives that they don't like and I need to find me some improvement.  Our lives to this point in time are what they are because of the choices we've made and we have the power to change that for the better with the choices we make from here on in.  This has always been a quest of mine, yet still I never quite seem to find my utopia.  

Change is never easy, especially when you feel like you're without the power to do so, yet if change never happens, then, well, nothing changes. So once again I know I need some form of change going forward, but how will I do it?  What do I have to do to make real change in my life happen for the better?  Perhaps this will be the newest chapter in the little social-experiment known as my life and I may once again have to delve into Millman's book and do some goal setting of my own.

I'm hoping that maybe being with my students tomorrow and going forward will inspire me to action.  That way maybe one of the birthdays or New Years or first days of school won't do this to me.  We'll just have to see.  Here's to a new school year!

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