“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” –Ted Huff
We’re on a journey as educators. Our journey is a marathon not a sprint. It can be a long, often times tedious and exhausting, but also rewarding and inspiring journey. It will take us up and down hills, through extreme heat and cold, over long stretches of flat land and everything in between.
Marathon runners know that there are some miles that they have to force themselves to complete; those miles when their legs feel like jello and they don’t think they can take one more step. It’s in this part of the journey that marathon runners must control their thoughts and allow their minds to take over to power their bodies to keep moving forward.
Our journey as educators isn’t very different from the journey that marathon runners take. We, too, must work through the hard parts, be in control of our thoughts, and continue to press forward when times are tough. What separates ELITE educators from the rest is that the ELITE will learn from yesterday but move forward to create an even better today.
Ted Huff’s words have been playing through my mind for the past few weeks. He says, “Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” As we continue to put one foot in front of the other on our journey let us remember that our next step can be better than our last one. We have the power to press on and make each new moment we have with our students the best it can be for them. It’s easy to dwell on yesterday’s missteps or to second-guess our choices, but instead may we learn from yesterday and win each moment we have today.
Our jobs are hard. We are pulled in so many directions. And, as educators we never feel like we can do enough. But, sometimes, we just have to dance.
What I love about my staff is this-
On Monday at 4pm I emailed them and said, "Tomorrow we’ll be passing a camera through the building. Record yourselves dancing. We’re making a video!"
And, they did it. They didn’t complain. They jumped in and went for it.
This is what they do no matter what comes their way. It’s what separates good from great and great from ELITE.
If you have the chance do you dance?
I hope my blog posts inspire risk taking and new ways of thinking. I hope to connect with other educators on our journey to always do what's best for children.