This past PD, we had the opportunity to deepen our relationships by spending a PD day sharing a catered meal, doing a shared craft, donating to our Feaster foodbank, lifting each other up, and just connecting with others who we may not have the regular opportunity to connect with. This was our third #Feastergiving and it was hopefully another one to remember!
As I sat and enjoyed the meal and the time to just connect, one teacher next to me was so moved by the following poem that she was brought to tears briefly:
The poem serves as a reminder to be thankful even when things seem to be too hard or too challenging or even too burdensome because they truly can be things that end up enriching our lives. The quote below embodies the whole purpose of the poem:
“It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.”
Feastergiving 2019 Poem
It is with this reminder that I reflect on the year so far, the setbacks and the things that I have not yet achieved as well as the progress that I have made. In education, there is so much to reflect on, especially when we consider each child as an individual and how we have supported and will continue to support them over the course of their education – how is it that we are setting each learner (student, staff member, and acquaintance) up for success today and helping them to develop their personal leadership skills based on their own strengths, interests, and values? So, like the poem says, “Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.”