Does anyone else feel like we are in a sci-fi movie? A mysterious virus emerges from nowhere, threatening our entire way of life. All of the elements are present, from the villain to the horrific fatalities. Covid-19 is the villain and we are all in the fight of our lives. Then, there’s the ongoing fight against social injustice that poses yet another threat to our way of life as well. Not to mention, the threat that faces our education system which is the very foundation of our land. This year has brought one crisis after another, and it begs this question—How will we emerge from 2020?
Will we throw in the towel, wave the white flag, or will we mobilize our troops and forge ahead with a plan to win?
There’s one thing I want you to realize at this very moment—we are the indispensable human race and we were created to forge ahead! We will not give up, and we will not throw in the towel! We must take care of ourselves, our families and help others when we can. We will keep fighting against every single villain that comes our way! We must not be divided by hate and discrimination. We must mount up our wings like eagles! We must unite and dig deep into our arsenal of strength, courage and grit with every ounce of our being! And when we do, we will emerge stronger, better and wiser! We must make it our goal, to be able to look back on this time in history and say, “We didn’t quit, we didn’t give up, we fought back, and we won!
When life throws curve ball after curve ball, you have two choices. You can either thrown down the bat and walk away, or you can keep on swinging. If you think about it, this is the choice we are faced with every day. In a world of negativity in which we find ourselves in, we have to make the right choice. My husband and I were recently in a spot where we had to make a choice. We had a family member who had a child who was having a tough time in school. Of course, me being an educator and him being a minister, we knew we had to step in. The boy is only in elementary school and we realize this is a crucial time for him. We also know that the “Pipeline to Prison” is a very real thing in the African-American community, and for young boys if no one intervenes for them, that is the path they will be on.
Therefore, we decided to intervene and we brought him home right after Thanksgiving. (Which is why I haven’t posted in a while) Yes, it has been quite an undertaking. We forgot what it was like to have a little one in the house again. Fortunately, our teenagers all chip in, and we are making it work for him. No matter how the days go, we know what our goal is: to keep him on the right path and out of the prison population. All that to say, when you see negative situations around you, sometimes you are called to intervene–and in those times, you must! Nonetheless, there are some key nuggets I want to encourage you with today, about how to stay positive in a negative world:
Set some personal goals (long term and short term) and have some fun pursuing them every day
Find something to be thankful for in your life and focus on the good
Be Constantly Prayerful
Rely on the truth of your faith to guide your thoughts
Be Consistently Relentless
Decide that no matter what, you are not giving up on yourself or your goals
Be Driven by Love
Let love be your guide in your interactions with others
Be encouraged friends, and keep on swinging that bat–you are bound to hit something if you just keep on swinging!
Happy 2020! Wow! January is always a time of reflecting on last year, while setting goals for the new year. For me, I look at triumphs and trials because in the classroom you experience both. In fact, you can count on this happening almost every single day. Sometimes, even moment to moment things happen that make you feel like a teaching rockstar and then other things happen that make you feel like a teaching newbie. Either way, there’s always something to be thankful for. You learn from both, and that is one of the beauties of teaching! So my nugget from the bucket today is:
Celebrate the triumphs no matter how small, and embrace the trials because there are lessons from them all!
We are pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned, struck down, but not destroyed! (2 Corin:4:9)