The Gift of Calm: It’s an Art and a Science!

TL;DR:

  • Control and clarity: With self-discipline, we can control emotions. Have the clarity to see that some things are out of our control.
  • Appreciation and attitude of positivity: Be grateful for what you have and choose to be positive.
  • Live and learn: With life experiences, you can see there are things out of your control. Learn from it. Children can learn by watching adults show calmness.
  • Mindfulness: Be able to see the situation as a moment in time. 

For decades, people have used similar words to describe me. I hear the same words over and over again. If I were to create a word cloud with these words, some of the largest and boldest words would be: kind, positive, caring, and calm to name a few. I learned to listen and pay attention to the many humbling words shared about me and started to truly see this as my authentic self. It’s what I practice in every interaction, every day. If so many people used these words over decades with consistency, it affirms that I am living in alignment with my core values and beliefs!

I originally called this post the Art of Calm because it is something you can enjoy, improve, and develop in your own way. No two artists approach the same canvas or materials with the same perspective or ideas. Every artist has their own preferred set of tools, viewpoints, and styles of creativity. Teaching is very much an art. Being calm and staying calm is an art but can be a science too like a formula to be followed.

Here are some things that help me stay calm:

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S.P.R.I.N.G. into Savoring Breaks

TL;DR:

  • Savor Breaks – Don’t just enjoy your breaks but truly savor them!
  • Protect your time to take care of yourself by taking more breaks throughout your day.
  • Relationship – Know yourself and ask, “Is this serving me?”
  • Introspection – Dive into yourself, discover who you are, and how you best take care of yourself.
  • Nurture – Cultivate love, joy, and positivity.
  • Gratitude is a gift that is meant to be shared. Develop relationships by sharing gratitude as a way to savor your break.
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The Gift of Love: A Piece of Our Heart

TL;DR:

  • We give our students many things but the greatest gifts we can give are our love and our heart.
  • Give students a piece of our heart by giving them a visual reminder as a gift.
  • Put your heart into what you do and share your love with students. There can be a lasting impact.
  • Speak life through the words you choose to say. Uplift others with your words of kindness, gratitude, and empathy. Words matter so choose them mindfully and with intention.
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