I’ve seen the quote, “Be the change you wish to see” countless times. I usually see it, smile, and move on. I don’t really give the meaning much thought.
But, today, I really got to thinking about what exactly it means.
I had a meeting after work today in which we discussed some changes that we’d like to make around our school. We talked about another school that some of us recently had the privilege of touring. After our tour, we were asked to come back and share the things we saw.
The hope was that we’d get some new ideas and see fresh ways of doing things. This way we are *hopefully* constantly improving as a school, meeting our student’s needs in the best way possible, and creating responsible, forward-thinking, analytical, proud, and well rounded students. After our tour, the major thing we came away with was how POSITIVE everything and everyone seemed around the schools we visited.
My school is HUGE – think 1200+ students – and even though we all work hard at our jobs and do what’s best for our kids, sometimes the mood can be all “doom and gloom,” if ya know what I mean.
With all the paperwork we’re required to do, standards we must meet, deadlines to make, on top of students to teach, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and develop a negative attitude. Not to mention, the pressure that comes during this time of the year – standardized testing and end of the year requirements can make for a stressed out teacher!
I got to thinking…one smile, one encouraging word, an anonymous note, or even a grateful e-mail can make all the difference in someone’s day. I know that when I’m encouraged, I’m more likely to smile, have a better attitude, and pass it on.
If I want to see a change around my workplace, want to see happier, more hopeful, more joyous co-workers, I can begin to be the change. Attitudes are contagious. Joyfulness is not dependent on circumstance, but rather our outlook and perspective.
It’s my goal this week to be the change I want to see. I am so blessed, and yes – am prone to major stress as much as the next person – but I have NO reason to have a negative attitude. When I begin to think negatively or complain, it’s my goal to name at least 3 things I’m thankful for.
I CAN and WILL “be the change I want to see,” and you can too!
1. How can you “be the change” in YOUR situation – work, school, home, etc?
2. How are you treating yourself this week?
3. Share your thoughts!