Good morning, Tribe!
It’s been sooooo long since the last time I wrote anything and actually shared it.
Y’all know me. I go with the natural flow of life. For a while, I was in a state of full on rest and recovery…re-learning how to just “be” mentally, emotionally, and physically. Sharing some of those moments was healing for me as well as some of you. I even have a deeper appreciation for that part of myself now.
BUT, life continues to ebb and flow… So here I am almost 2 months later in a completely different mode.
For those of you that don’t know, I’m a second grade teacher! That basically means my life is 100% wild and untamed Monday – Friday. It’s been hard, fun, and everything in between.
My kiddos are amazing. They have helped me grow stronger in every way, and I truly feel blessed to share this journey with them.
Today I wanted to drop some wisdom from Miss D’s 2nd grade classroom. I have 4 rules posted on the bulletin board that I believe are great foundational blocks for 7 year olds to 107 year olds.
Respect Yourself and Others
Respecting yourself is key. This means you take care of YOU… mind, body, and soul. Honor your needs and desires in life. Make time for the things that bring you joy. Stand up for yourself even when it’s uncomfortable. Be yourself shamelessly. When self respect is an intentional act, respecting others is easy. You will naturally show the same compassion to those around you.
If You Make a Mess, Clean It Up
In my classroom, this usually refers to pencil shavings and spilled crayon boxes. For everyday “adult” life I’m referring to relationships, projects, finances, etc. Sometimes the hardest thing is simply admitting you’ve made a mess of things. Take care of that, and then get to cleaning! We all have small spills throughout a 24 hour period. By the end of the week, some of us have lost half of our brand new 64 pack of crayons. And let’s not talk about the end of the month… Accidents happen. Things go wrong. WE MESS UP. Just make sure when things get crazy, you take the necessary time to get your stuff back in order.
Follow Directions the First Time
I think a few of my students still don’t understand this one.😂 Have you ever had a strong gut feeling to do one thing but someone or something else says the opposite? You listen to an outside source instead of your intuition and… BAM. We need a clean up on isle 3! We all have a few people in our lives that are truly a blessing and fountain of knowledge/wisdom. Taking counsel with these folks is great! But when you know in your bones what the right decision is for YOU, go with it. Taking the right step the first time can save you a lot of trouble, stress, and worry. Trust yourself.
Make Good Choices
This is so simple, yet so hard to follow at times. Some of our hardest trials in life are a result of us making one or two poor choices. We won’t always get it right, but stop and breathe before you act. Wait a few seconds before you open your mouth to speak. Cool off before you make decisions about a person or situation. We live in a world that’s constantly moving. It can be difficult to make good choices with a million things going on in your mind. Pause. Reflect. Recalibrate.
No matter what, just remember that life really isn’t so complicated.
Chill. You’ve got this!
I’ll be sharing more life lessons from Miss D’s class in the future, but just think of them as random sprinkles of wisdom. My job is so cool, but it’s also physically and emotionally draining at times. I may be MIA a lot this year (you know self care is my #1 priority), but I’m always sending positive vibes your way.
Side note: lifexerin.com has been live for 2 years now!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH to every single soul that has been a part of this journey with me. I love and appreciate you all.