This week, I have stumbled and fallen down countless times. With every trip and fall, I’ve been picked up, dusted off, and built back up by so many amazing people. While it feels like a black cloud has settled overhead, when I look up, I see so many bright spots. Those bright spots are the people.
I’ve doubted myself as an educator ever since I’ve been thrust into unchartered waters. I’ve seriously contemplated giving up. Yet, every time I turn around, there is someone else offering support and care. I’ve felt weak, depleted, and just so sad. I’m used to being the supporter, but lately, I’m the supported- fueled by the strength of others.
Today, I reread an old favorite: Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers. I’m overwhelmed as I realize that my garden is bursting with marigolds. Over the last 16 years, I’ve planted myself among the best people, “protected and encouraged.”
These are uncertain times. The people are the bright spots, for sure.