I want to remain consistent with the blog this year. So far, I have been regularly posting 3x/week. So, in that fashion, here’s a post that just includes old posts of mine from this same day years past. It’s interesting to look back and watch the blog evolve like this and see the various days/topics I cover on this day in history: February 6th…..
February 6, 2015 – Fast Friday: What am I running for?
February 6, 2016 – Satya: What is your Truth?
February 6, 2017 – Meditation Monday #27 – What the world needs now….
Which is your favorite?
What have you written on February 6th?
Another semester is over and done. Each time one ends I wonder how I could have done better and what I will change the next time around. When the next semester starts I have high hopes and ambitions and nerves like crazy! There’s always a little bit of….what if they don’t like me? In that same moment I think, it doesn’t matter if they like me or not.
For me, my self-esteem is not caught up in my image of how I teach. I know that I am a good teacher. To some I am a great teacher. For myself I am satisfied in my work and my work makes me happy. Every semester I get both bad and good reviews. This semester was no exception.
However, in grading one student’s paper I read something that has really struck me as wise and something I want to remember. She wrote:
My goal is consistency, not perfection.
It couldn’t be more simple than that. Life, for me, is about consistently being in a place where I can be content. I want to know I’m doing a good job and that someone is benefiting from my existence. I won’t be able to make all of my students happy. I won’t be able to get to everything I want to do. I will miss workouts and kill workouts; not send some emails on time and send too many emails sometimes; be tired and cranky some days and overly perky some days; let the laundry pile up and have a completely spotless home; spend hours grading or skip grading to be with my kids; eat too many snacks and forget to eat lunch; write on my blog and then abandon my blog for work or a nap or a workout or to read……I am not perfect and my life is not perfection. But, really, that’s what makes it kind of perfect for me.
At every point in my life I am consistently where I need to be….striving for my best, but accepting that each day is what it is. I am content and balanced.
What does consistency look like for you?