I love participating in Slice of Life, started by Two Writing Teachers and writing a story, reflection, or musing at least once a week.
My daughter, Libby, a marketing major, and I were talking this weekend (more about that visit on Celebration Saturday - she's doing a Smucker's internship in Orrville, OH), about advertising, writing, and what people will read. She said studies have shown that people will read about things NOT to do over what TO do. Thus, when I saw this article on my Facebook feed this week, it caught my eye: 16 Things Emotionally Strong People Don't Do. The article was born from a woman's question to author Angel Chernoff as a result of being frustrated about the time spent trying to implement positive habits. She wondered what she could remove from her life as well. Go ahead and read the link and meet me back here. :-)
I thought the article was extremely wise. I also know each one is easier said than done! I don't know much about Marc and Angel Chernoff, but now I want to know more. I don't know if they are spiritual, or just about self-help, but I thought the list was so important. Since my One Little Word is JOURNEY, I was drawn to #4:
They don’t compare their journey to everyone else’s. – Social comparison is the thief of happiness. Do YOUR best and don’t compare your progress with that of others. They aren’t YOU. We all need our own time to travel our own distance. Emotionally strong people know this is the truth, and they live by it.
I think this is wonderful. I think we need this tip for our own lives, but I think it's equally important as teachers to remember this for our students. I've especially loved being able to teach my current students for two years, and I'll get them next year, also, as 6th graders. What a joy that is. I get to see their journeys first hand, and they all walk at different paces, have different goals, and are each amazing for different reasons. If we can express that we understand each one of our students are traveling his/her own distance, wouldn't that be powerful?! We could help them be one step closer to their own emotional strength.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on your favorites from the list. Before you go, I thought you'd enjoy seeing who Angel and Marc are. This is brief, but they certainly seem happy, don't they?!