How Is The View?
The other day it was raining, pouring actually. I immediately started thinking about what a pain it would be to get my youngest in and out of the car and how soaked we would be as we ran errands. I started dreading the day before it even began. I came downstairs to find my five-year-old smiling as he looked out the window. I stopped and watched him as he thumped his fingers on the window sill in time with the rain, almost in awe of what was happening outside. He finally turned around and saw me staring. Dancing around he said, “It’s happening, Spring is here!” He went on to talk about how everything was going to start growing, how it was almost Easter and how that meant he would see his cousins soon. His excitement and smile were contagious.
He saw the same thing I did, but his view was totally different. Now, don’t get me wrong, I still used an umbrella and waited for it to slow down before going outside, but his energy changed my outlook on the day. His positive attitude helped refocus me.
How often does this happen in education? We are presented with the same situation as the person next door to us, but our outlook is different than theirs. Sure, it may have something to do with our past experiences, personalities, or how much we have going on at the moment. We have all been there. This time of year it seems like it happens more often than we may want. It is easy to get run down, lose focus, and start dwelling on things we can’t change.
Recently, an educator told me they couldn’t even go into their staff room at lunch right now because there was so much complaining. But, what if we did go in? What if we offered a different view on the same situation. I am not naive enough to think everyone would immediately stop and cheer, or that there wouldn’t be some eye rolling. Sometimes, it can be hard to speak up when there is negative talk going on around you. However, if we can change even one person’s outlook or attitude isn’t it worth speaking up?