What positive impact can I have?
This is the question that I always attempt to ask myself as I begin any journey. And yes, everything in life is a journey. I understand that I am only here for a finite amount of time, what can I do in this small amount of time to have positive impact on:
Without a doubt, the most important. And here, balance is key. They deserve my time. I mean, if I were to pass tomorrow (God forbid), I'm replaceable everywhere else but here. A new VP / Educator will take over, a new friend may take my place, a different neighbour will arrive, but I believe that my family will not be able to replace me (or at least that's my hope). What positive impact can I leave on my son, wife, mother, father, siblings, cousins, aunts/uncles and close friends? This is where my heart is, and this is who I work for.
I fell into education, and this journey has been phenomenal. As a classroom teacher, an Instructional Coach and now as an Administrator I have always approached every situation by placing the students at the center of every conversation / decision that we make. What impact will our actions have on them, as individuals. I'm on this journey to best support them, so that they can ultimately find success and more importantly, happiness and peace.
What happens all around us, locally and globally impacts all of us. I am a firm believer in doing what I can to make our world better. So I try to do things to help, to speak-out, to stand-up for and to support in ways that I can. Can I do more, of course I can, but I do what I can with the resources that I have been blessed with.