Such a great thought! I am someone that has a really hard time doing this, though. I have found that if something happens during the day that affects my mood in a negative way, it’s really hard for me to leave it at the door. It’s something that I’ve struggled with in my first 10 years, so I have to consciously make sure that I can “leave it at the door.”
Keep up the great work!
Hey Doug! Thanks for your thoughts
I think part of what makes a good teacher is someone who is emotionally aware. So naturally, we would be very sensitive to our surrounding environment. I’m not sure what happened, but one day, all of the sudden, I was able to “leave it at the door.”Being able to do it once, and experience the relief and freedom it brought, convinced me to try harder to do it every day.
Wise words, Katie. I think if we bring the baggage of the outside to the workplace, we pass it on to others and burden them with it. I don’t want to do that, so I try to be (and fail at times) mindful of leaving that stuff in my car or at home if I can. The more difficult challenge is leaving burdensome school stuff at work and not bringing it to my family.
So true. School stuff, does have the knack of latching on to us. I few years ago I use to set a ten minute timer when I got home. That’s all the time I got to vent about school. As for internal venting and thinking about school….Well, that may take a lifetime to stop doing.
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