Of course I have to capitalize on the Frozen hype, but that doesn’t make the sentiment any less true for the purpose of my blog post. I’m Catholic and as many of you know, today is the first day of Lent, the time period we prepare, through prayer, sacrifice, and reflection, for Jesus’ gift of sacrificing His own life and resurrecting three days later. One of the ways in which we prepare for Easter is by giving up something in our lives that equates to a true sacrifice. In the past I have given up eating sweets, drinking soda, watching certain television programs, etc. This year, I want to focus on removing something from my life that truly does hamper me from being the best version of myself that I can be: negativity.
The reason why I chose to focus on removing negativity is because there are so many ways in which pessimistic mentalities enter my life. Because this is a reading/educational blog, I want to focus on those elements in my professional life. When I was considering what to give up for Lent and the topic of readdressing my attitude came up, I stopped and made a brief list of all the moments that made me grumble during the day:
- Upset because some students left dictionaries under their desks instead of putting them back on the shelf.
- The temperature in the room was too cold
- Very few students were prepared to give their presentations on Slaughterhouse Five
- Two students decided to exaggerate their laughter at a few comical comments I made during a lecture today
- Students talking while other students were trying to give their answers
- A meeting was called when I thought I would have free time after school
- Realizing that my students, as a whole, bombed their previous test
- I was going to have to reteach the content that was covered in the aforementioned test
- Negative comments from coworkers about SO many things
- Trying to get a few assignments graded when a student came to talk to me about her boyfriend troubles for the third time that day
- The copy machine printed a document that was too dark to be able to read the text
- Thinking about the stack of work that I would have to take home with me to grade
Phew! That’s a lot of dings against my shield of patience, love, and understanding. No wonder I felt like I was trudging along at half-speed.
I know that I cannot complete do away with all the Gloomy Gusses, but the way in which I respond to them is what I can control. It’s all about being content and finding the good in each circumstance; have the right attitude.
I am hoping that through this forty-day experiment, I will be able to come out at the end, not perfect, but improved.