I've posted this image before, but it is one of my favorites.
I had intended to post this back in early January, but it somehow got missed. As summer school ends tomorrow and a new school year begins in 5 weeks, it feels a bit like a new year to me. Late or not, I thought it was worth posting. Take care, friends.
It feels a little strange to sit here writing while my students write their own letters. Usually I roam the room helping, correcting, answering, encouraging. Today, I told them that I would be writing with them. (Which they loved, by the way.) I have the big picture up on the smart board that I made for the blog. They keep looking at it. And looking at it. It blows their minds to think, to realize, that they have a say in who they will become. I can see it in their faces, in the concentration on their faces - they feel powerful. Maybe more powerful than they've ever been. And, it's so true - we are in charge of who we become. It's the first time most of them have ever had that thought. It absolutely stuns them.
Really, it blows my mind too. Think of it - I am an adult, but I am not grown. I am not finished. In fact, I am only beginning. I have so much more becoming to do. So much more. It strikes me that my becoming is tied directly to my choices. How often do I remember that fact? How often do I make choices that lead me in the direction of growth instead of sticking tight to the path of habits I might have outgrown? What do I want to change about my life? I think I must start by changing my choices.
Happy New Year, Relyn. I hope this time next year, you will find yourself different, in all the right ways.
Are you all making new choices? Tell me about them.