“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance? What if instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives?”
Sigh. I totally used to believe that my worth was tied to my busyness.
Then I began to change the way I used my time outside of school.
I went home. I got off the couch. I closed my laptop.
I began to spend time listening to books while I walked. Pondering as I hiked. Meditating through yoga.
I slowed down.
I began thinking about my most important people. At the time, they were my students.
My busyness had led me to believe that school was more important than starting a family of my own important people.
Then I met someone else who was listening, pondering, and meditating.
Now my most important people are the family Nishantha and I have created.
I still enjoy busyness, but I am more balanced, my vision is clearer, and the way I spend my time aligns with my priorities.
I understand teaching is my career, not my life. My students are my students; Noutin and Nouarie are my kids. My family is right here, not at school. And, know what? I’m still a great teacher.
It’s been a journey, and I’m still learning, but I want to share and help. I just created an e-course to help my fellow busy teachers slow down and find a little balance.
My course is called You Before School. I’m offering an early bird discount through Saturday. You should sign up to join my first cohort, which starts in January. I’d love to see you there! The link to more information is in my bio.
Busy friends, what do you do to slow down?
Quote: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
I'm a teacher, mama, and mentor. I created the You Before School e-course and more. I'm here to encourage and share self-efficacy skills for women.