With the holiday season upon us, we finish one thing to only pick up another.
We go though everything that we need to in order to finish the year/semester off right, only to pick up all of the responsibilities required to complete during this holiday “break”.
In the melee of everything, what we should be focusing on, is rest.
We need to rest.
You need to rest.
I need to rest.
I respect you enough to not give you explicit instructions on HOW to rest, or what that rest must entail. Fact is, we all rest in various ways, and it’s up to you to figure out what brings you peace, what refills your empty cup, and what helps keep you in harmony.
It is a common misconception from those outside the educational sphere to think that the amount of time we have off more than compensates for our time.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
We don’t have jobs; we have a calling. A mission.
We do NOT exhange time for money; we GIVE time, energy, blood, sweat, tears, emotions, money, etc and we pour it into the lives of others. We GIVE far more than we receive. Which is what high performers do; we share in the spoils of that investment with the rest of society. And more importantly, our return on investment will always be unknown and beyond the walls of our classroom. And it will touch countless lives beyond the souls in our rooms.
This is why you need to rest.
Rest within yourself.
You cannot give from an empty cup; you cannot replenish that which cannot be renewed.
Renew yourself, refill your cup during your time off. Practice and model the self care that so many students do not practice, but desperately need.
I give you full permission to rest in the knowledge that you do not only deserve this time, you have earned it, and you need it, not only so that you can continue to give to others…
Most important of all; because you are you.
There’s no one else like you.
You are worthy.
You are enough.