I have been lucky enough to have many different positions in the field of education.
I learned a lot at each stop along the way. In between, some of the transitions were more pleasant than others. Through it all, each spot was exactly where I was supposed to be in order to learn and grow and be ready for my next opportunity. A friend of mine shared the quote below at one of my difficult moments along the way.
What I found, during two high stress, administrative type positions…is that I am really skilled at walking others through exactly what this quote speaks to. When someone thinks that teaching is the only thing, but they really do not love it, or are really not skilled at it, this is a scary place to be. I think I was comfortable with these tough conversations because for myself, I am not able to settle…to just get by…survive. It is essential that I thrive, and so I am pretty regularly putting one foot in front of the other trying to get to that place. There was great comfort the day that I realized that there is no such thing as an “arrival”, but this on going journey where you just have to listen and live.
I like that.
So here are those words that helped me so much a long time ago…
“It takes a lot of courage to release the fmiliar and seemingly secure and to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is MORE security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is POWER.” – Alan Cohen