Yesterday, our family went to see the new movie Instant Family. It's about foster parenting and adoption, and it's really a great story. It's raw and heartbreaking but also hilarious and inspiring.
One quote from the movie really jumped out at me. 'The stuff that really matters isn't easy.'
Every day educators like you are doing stuff that really matters, and it's hard stuff. It's never going to be easy. There are challenges and frustrations, but you're doing something that has significance. You're making a difference.
So today, as I celebrate Thanksgiving with family, I'll also be thinking of you and all of our fellow educators. And I'll remember to be grateful for what you give of yourself to students and learning. Blessings to you and yours.
Here are 5 thoughts about gratitude for your Thanksgiving...
1. The more specific the gratitude the better. Be thankful for little things that you might overlook. When you turn on the faucet and running water pours out, that's a blessing that some parts of the world still don't enjoy.
2. The more regular the gratitude the better. It's great to be grateful on Thanksgiving. It's my favourite holiday. I love that it's a day to reflect and be thankful. But we need to make gratitude a daily habit. Continuous gratitude is the most powerful kind.
3. You're probably much wealthier than you think. I don't know about you, but I never think of myself as 'rich.' But if your combined household income is $50,000 per year, you're among the top 1% wealthiest people on the planet.
4. Gratitude is essential to having a positive outlook. Even when we are going through life's storms, gratitude helps us remain positive. There will be dark times. There will be difficulties. But we press on and recognize that there are still blessings even in the storms.
5. Sharing gratitude is a way to give back to others. It's never a good idea to delay telling someone you're thankful for them. Do it today. Don't assume anyone knows how much you appreciate them.
I continue to be thankful for your support of my book and message, Future Driven. It's a blessing to connect with educators like you as we work to make our profession stronger. We're committed to preparing kids for the world they'll live in and not the one we grew up in. Y'all are world changers.
All the best,