There’s mixed emotions that come with completing a school year. It’s always sad to say goodbye to the students and people that you’ve come to love as you’ve helped them overcome challenges and spent such a significant amount of time with. But there’s also a huge feeling of relief and satisfaction that comes with the knowledge that you have a clean slate. Knowing that you are free of any of the burdens that were placed on you during the school year. Knowing that you don’t have to come home and grade papers. Knowing that you don’t have to hear from that difficult parent anymore. Your current concerns are wiped away and your brain can focus on something new.
During the summer you get to enjoy relaxing, reading, spending time with your family or friends; but you might feel a lack of purpose or a sense of boredom with your sudden increase of extra time.
To everything good and worthwhile in life, there also comes challenges. You wanted to be a teacher and you enjoy being a teacher, but there is no doubt that teaching is full of challenges. You probably looked forward to your well-earned summer break, but you may want more purpose to your day now.
The challenge of life isn’t not having what you want… it’s learning how to find the good in every situation. To every situation in life, there is good. Sometimes we have to work harder to find the good. Sometimes the good is simply the lessons we learn from the challenge. But to all situations, if you choose to make the right choice… good things will come.
So, with your extra time this summer: get as much as possible out of it. ...