On occasion, I play a mentor role in the school.
However, though I've been teaching for 25 years now, sometimes I, myself, can still become overwhelmed with the responsibilities that my job entails.
Recently, I approached a much-admired co-worker who has been teaching for over 30 years. For the 10 years I have worked with her, I have never seen her in a bad mood, and she always has a pleasant sense of calm about her.
How does she do it?
I wanted to know this from her, in particular, because there are few teachers whom I know that have been teaching for more than 30 years and aren't complainers.
Her advice was simple.
She told me that the reason she maintains her calm and positive attitude is because she makes a deliberate effort to stay connected to her spiritual life on a daily basis. By doing so she is able to keep her perspective on school issues and to manage her priorities in her personal life.
Don't you love those moments when someone offers clear, simple advice?
We should carefully consider taking time for daily spiritual connection... as necessary as oxygen.
Without healthy amounts, we find ourselves struggling and weak.
With it, we can have energy, direction, and clarity.
Easy as prayer.