New Year’s resolutions are taking a lot of heat lately. Almost everyone I talk to vows that they are not making a New Year’s resolution because they never work. People start strong and their desire and stick-with-it-ness fades away. The commitment they make to whatever they aim for; weight loss, fitness, healthy eating, what have you, gets lost as the reality of their lives take over. So, why bother?
I’m going to challenge that sentiment this year. Not really having ever been a resolution guy, I’m giving it the old college try this year. Why? Because failure is common in all sorts of places in life but you often learn something in your failure that proves valuable later on. This is true in resolutions and it is true in schools.
My resolution is to keep a gratitude journal. I’ve thought about it for a couple of years now after reading Shawn Achor’s “The Happiness Advantage”. The book suggests that in order to form a more positive, healthy mind set, one way to do that is to journal three positive things about your day, every day. Now, there is a very good chance that with the busy nature of my life and predisposition to procrastinate that this will not last too long. But even if it lasts only a few weeks, that’s a learning in itself. Sure, knowing that this is a short lived little project could make me not do it, but the I wouldn’t learn from the experience, would I?
Okay, flip to education. We want our kids to try things in their lives. By trying, they determine what they like, what they hate and what they might like to pursue. They may just decide that they want to try out for the basketball team. They may fail to make it or they may make it and hate the game. They’ve learned something there haven’t they? They’ve learned that they tried something and it wasn’t to their taste. It didn’t kill them to try and they walked away maybe more willing to try something else now.
And that is why I am making a Gratitude journal. I want to try something and I want to learn from it.
1. I am grateful for my family. My wife supports me in all I do, my kids are independent and unique – I’m proud of all 5.
2. I am thankful for the amazing colleagues I have in education. This field is riddled with learners who want the best for the kids in their care. Rock stars. all of them.
3. Books – I love them. The more I read, the more I learn and grow. Each book changes me in some way.
Keep on learning,