Another week down… It’s unnerving how quickly we’re spiraling into March. I’ve been working on figuring out what my intention is for March, and I definitely know what it needs to be… I just need to find a way to make it measurable/possible for me.
Yesterday was the Commit Scorecard event. Typically, this is one of my favorite events of the year. It brings Dallas together to talk about what’s been going on in Dallas education, highlights the work of the partnership, and generally inspires me to keep fighting. There’s usually a strong sense of urgency. This year was different. Instead of feeling uplifted and ready to go, I left feeling worried about the lack of urgency. Maybe it’s just me projecting my feelings on to the event… but I missed the inspiration of year’s past. Todd and John B. King gave impressionable speeches, and I did appreciate what they had to say. But, make no mistake, our neighbor’s house is on fire. Don’t let the small gains shown lure you into complacency. There’s still an educational divide in Dallas… and there’s still a lot of work to do.
“We do need to do more faster.” – John B. King, former Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama
If you want to know about some of that work, let’s start with the fact that since President’s Day at least two of my schools haven’t had internet. TWO WEEKS. IN 2017. And, there seems to be no sense of urgency to fix that… The bigger problem? A huge local scholarship program has a deadline this week. I had asked the district to reach out to them to extend it. They did, once… but when we still didn’t have internet… I asked a second time. They refused. Suggested that a kid could reach out. Because ONE kid is going to change someone’s mind when you could be the one calling on behalf of 8,000 students? I just threw up my hands yesterday afternoon and cried in my office. Sometimes I can’t believe these humans and I are of the same species. After crying, I got. mad. af. And then I got to work. Because that’s what I do.
Moving on to the frivolous
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“Just be happy.” My brain screams this at me on regular basis. Last week, I felt like it was on repeat as I struggled to manage my stress. I feel like I harped on this idea a lot this month… but as I said at the beginning of the year, my focus is to practice deliberate intention for 2017. This month, I talked about how I wanted to find joy. Focus on the little moments that make everything worth it. To find some solace and optimism among the chaos.
To just be happy.
My work is very stressful. At least once a day something hits my radar that could become a huge thing if I don’t deal with it. Usually it’s more than once. Often I feel like I’m herding kittens and I’m tired when I get home. Side note: Cara wrote a great post on 6 Ways to De-Stress from your Work Day earlier this week. But, at the end of the day – there are a lot of things to just be happy about. Don’t believe me? Try this exercise in gratitude each day.
Maybe you see this as a gross oversimplification of your existence, but there are so many things for us to be happy and grateful for. There are so many things that we fail to appreciate – and I suppose – now that I look at how things are going – that we absolutely take for granted. Life isn’t perfect, but for many of us, we need to just be happy. To give the good things some brain space.
Then get up and go fight for the ones who don’t have the great luxury and privilege that we have.
I spent the entire week wondering what day it was… This one felt like a doozy. That being said, here’s a few things that I’m absolutely loving this week.