It's so hard to get out of bed on Monday mornings. You know that feeling - your alarm clock goes off after a relaxing, unstructured weekend. You've got the entire week ahead of you. For most people, it's a day to complain right off the bat. While I see myself as a generally positive person, I admit that being positive is not always natural for me. As I get older, I sometimes take the easy route and gripe about everything and anything. Everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn't I? Luckily, I have a role model in my life who gives me a different perspective.
My father is one of the most positive, patient men I know and I am so blessed to be his daughter. One of biggest thing he's taught me is what he calls "soaking it in." You'll hear me say this often in my life. "Soaking it in" basically means to be present in your day; be aware of your surroundings; notice the little things and be thankful for them. Even when I drink a cold fountain drink from a convenience store, my Dad taught me to drink it without a straw so I can really experience it. I can feel the cold ice on my lips, smell the soda, and feel the styrofoam cup in my hand. I soak in something as little as that. I've learned this from my Dad and I'm so thankful he's passed this down to me.
Several years ago, he started a group called TGIM - Thank God It's Monday. He wanted to change the negative attitude associated with Mondays. He meets with a small group of friends very early on Monday mornings. They discuss what's going on in their lives and encourage each other at the start of the week. I love this concept because it keeps them focused on what they should be focused on - the good things in their lives; those moments where they need to "soak it in."
Henry David Thoreau once said, "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life..." I often think of my father whenever I read or hear this quote. I hope that this year, I'll be able to really do this with my students. I want to soak in my time with them, learn with them and from them, and watch them grow. I hope that they, too, will learn the importance of "soaking it in" because it has drastically changed mine.
Do you have someone in your life who influences you in a positive way? I'd love to hear about them and how they've impacted you.
National Board Certified Teacher, Michigan State Spartan, and Lead Learner in Room 212. My passion is reading and writing! I'm in my 9th year as an educator and continue to learn every single day. This blog holds my thoughts and musings on teaching, learning, and my phenomenal students.