Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday Words

"If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands,"  goes the old song.  It feels so good to be happy.  As teachers and parents, we set the tone for our classrooms and our homes.  We need to be purposeful in establishing a positive environment.

Yes, I know.  We all have our plates over full.  Our stress levels are over the moon, and we are running in four directions at once.  It's important, however, that we do a neck-up check-up on our own attitude first.  Have we gotten into a negative rut with our thinking?  Making a self-adjustment in our way of thinking can make a huge and lasting impact on all those whose lives we touch.  The payoff is both emotional and physical.  Who wouldn't like to feel better in both those categories?  Here's a few ideas with which to begin today.

+ Look for what's right instead of always what's wrong.
+ Make sure laughter (not sarcasm) is part of your day.
+ Daily count your blessings.
+ Appreciate small improvements.
+ Be intentional about speaking postive words into our children's lives.
+ Have realistic expectations so as not to stress out others.

I'm sure you can begin to think up other positive changes.  As you do, please share them here.

"A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones."
Proverbs 17:22

5 comments:

  1. What a great reminder! I esspecially like how you mentioned noticing the small improvements. Looking back on the first two days of school, I can see some small improvements now that I didn't notice in the moment. I bet the whole year is like that--not too many huge and easily noticable improvements, but lots of small ones that add up!!

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  2. Laura, for some children a very small step forward is a huge improvement!

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  3. hmmmm... we all need this kick in the pants .....er...uh....REMINDER! sometimes. Thanks. :)

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  4. (love the "neck up check up"
    comment...won't forget that one)

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  5. Shelly, the quote isn't mine, but it sure gets the point across, doesn't it? ;-)

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