As I started a recent training, a teacher at an incredibly large school district in the Northeast remarked that change was really hard, especially when it affected teacher pay. He also went on to say that parents needed to be held accountable for their children and asked why should he (the teacher) be evaluated when the parents weren't being evaluated. I thanked him for his comment and said, "Today we are focusing on what we can do to improve teaching and student learning, but maybe we should come up with a book idea or presentation idea for how to help parents with parenting. Until then, I am so appreciative of your diligence in your profession." We spent the day learning and growing together, professionally. At days' end, he came to me (and the other folks with whom I co-presented) and said, "Change can really stink, but I am not as intimidated or worried anymore."
Transformation from the beginning of the day? Yes!
I am so thankful to be able to work in a field in which professionals are willing to grow and develop, despite the fact that there will always be factors outside of our control. When we can focus our energy on that which we can control and let go of the things we cannot, our burden seems to be lighter.
Just for today, let's try to focus on one thing we can control and trust the process that other things we can't control wi