We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.
- Marian Wright Edelman
I think we are too hard on ourselves. In our work, in our daily lives, in our relationships with others - we never think we measure up. That there is something we could always do better. That we could always be better.
The beginning of a new school year is always a bit rough for me. I miss my students. I miss any students. I miss the daily interaction with them, learning from them, feeling like I have a purpose.
Not that I don't think I have a purpose now. Just that it is different.
I left the classroom because I thought I could make a larger difference. That instead of just impacting the students I had that year, I could impact ten times that number by working with their teachers. That I could be a real change agent in the field of education - something that hasn't really changed in 100 years.
Maybe I set my sights too high. Or maybe, I am not looking at the small differences that I make. I'm going to start looking closer. And I am going to start letting others know when they have made a difference for me.
Have a fantastic new school year!