Less is More

Less  is more when less is purposeful and productive. I think I’ve come to this conclusion for myself because as I wrote in an earlier post, the small moments in life, make a big difference. Savor them. Stop trying so hard, sometimes the best thing to do is less; less worry, less talking, less doing and less trying. We live in a society where we are always yearning for more bang for our buck, which is great, don’t get me wrong, I love my AMC stubs card where I can upgrade my popcorn for free, but sometimes when we force ourselves to go big, it bursts and we are left depleted. The best thing to do sometimes is to just show up and be supportive, no need to jump out of the cake to make your presence known, just be you and stop trying so hard. Just show up be supportive, make your intentions purposeful and productive and relax, have faith in the small moments which don’t need to be supersized, they can be, but when the time is right.  Do all you can to make your moments purposeful and productive and keep the faith that sometimes, less is more and the more purposeful, productive, positive and supportive you are to your beliefs the less you need to build more of what matters to you.

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Dear Teacher, You deserve the break!

Dear Teacher,
Enjoy the break!

Your job never ends, thank you!

As you head through the parking lot, carrying at least two bags in each hand you hear your name being shouted across the parking lot by one of your eager students who was probably excited to spot you getting out of your car. As you juggle your bags to say hello, you just wish his/her            parent/guardian made it to the report card conference, unfortunately they didn’t and am grateful for such a positive, dedicated student.

Through the office you go,  being stopped by the ever dedicated and hard working Counselor giving you a student update. As your shoulder is aching from all the bags, you are grateful you had this moment to chat about your student who desperately needs the support.

To the mailbox, you’ve made it, wondering how and where you will ever so carefully place these papers as you are still navigating all the bags and it’s not even time to begin the day, but there is no beginning and end in teaching. Making your way to your classroom, the Nurse stops you to remind you, your students will need to be  screened. Great, maybe Billy will finally get glasses.

You’ve made it to the classroom with time to spare before the kids come! Are pencils sharpened and ready? Are copies made? Objectives posted? Scheduled posted? Lesson plans checked? Papers graded? Most importantly, get to the bathroom because it will be a good 3 hours before the time will come again.

Good Morning! Let’s begin the day!

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Check the label!

Labeling, read the label, label your paper, check the label, the label has expired!!!!! A label is just that, a label. You never really truly know a person, situation, environment until you experience it and even then you truly do not know everything!
Somethings we are better not knowing, somethings are left unsaid and some labels are placed unfairly. Do all you can, work hard, keep your intentions genuine, be true to yourself, keep your heart and mind open, reflect on all you’ve learned, treat others the way you want to be treated and your label will read already paid, already paid with a lot of respect, dignity and love!

Take the compliment!

Take the compliment! Be grateful someone is recognizing your hard work and be thankful they can see what you are capable of and then thank yourself because you are showing your capabilities, keep up the good work and feel like you deserve it.  Just say, thank you and smile, it is OK to be recognized.

YOU are getting on MY nerves now!

This week, I had to just tell myself “enough Jennifer, you are getting on my nerves now.” Ever have those days where your patience is thin and it seems like everything is getting on your nerves and then you are just left totally annoyed and hitting the wine or chocolate? Finally, after I put down the chocolate, I had to take a step back and remember it’s not about me. The way people treat situations is a reflection of their selves and their life journey. I am just here and can decide to fill my wine glass a little more and take a deeper breath and remember it’s not about me, I can’t control others but I can only control my reaction. It’s not about me.