When I’m not life purpose coaching or hanging out with my family, I am a preschool teacher. Teaching children is one of the areas of my life where I find purpose.
Today was one of those days that I absolutely loved my job. The school day started before the children arrived as I worked with my assistants. We accomplished so much in that hour before school.
Today things seemed to roll off my shoulders.
A therapist not showing up or a child crying which normally would have bothered me didn’t today. As my students came into our classroom, I watched them write their names in lowercase on their autograph page for their portfolio. I enjoyed painting their hands to make a butterfly for the end of the year. I soaked in the smiles on my preschoolers faces. I took delight as they called for me to push them on swings. I felt proud as I watched them write their numbers up to 20. I relished in their following directions.
As they practiced their graduation songs from the stage, I thought back to the beginning of the school year and marveled at all we accomplished together as we prepared for kindergarten. It had been a great year with amazing kids.
At the end of the day, all I could think of was that I have the best job in the world.
This was a post written in my journal a couple of years ago.
We are back to the beginning of the school year once again. I have come to love the wrap up at the end of the school year, but I also thrive on the brand new year with its set of new beginnings – a new class, new routines, new lesson plans and things to teach.
My first day of school this year left me with a clear sense of my purpose and also with the realization of the work to be done this year as we prepare these 16 preschool children for kindergarten. My class kicked off the new year with a pretend trip to Paris complete with homemade pain au chocolat and plane tickets with some new French words.
I am thankful for each of these new faces and their families.
I’m looking forward to the year ahead!