A Great Need

“I love it when a plan comes together!” The words were echoed by George Peppard every time the old TV show, The A-Team, came to its predictable end.

As a teacher, I too love it when a plan comes together. I particularly love when the plan includes allowing an outlet for children to explore all of their talents.

This morning I was walking down my hallway and stopped to notice the art show that volunteers were putting up on the walls. I had already been witness to several of these projects in mid-completion, but now was my chance to see the finished products.

The Art Teacher, Mrs. Tolentino, selects an assortment of projects to display for each class, in each grade level. I was captivated not only by the display itself, but by the skill and beauty that each student displayed.

The students used weaving skills to weave colorful yarn around a compact disk. This became the center of these beautiful flowers, which were drawn with PrismaColors on black paper. Stunning!

This is what children need! This is the ability to express all of their other talents. Classes like this and music and drama are so quickly the first to be cut when budgets are tight. There is more to a child than math, science, and language arts achievement. These classes allow all students to feel successful and shine.

With loads of Hugs,

Christine

My Favorite Ways to Avoid Burnout

Teachers, nurses, and, well frankly anyone in a helping field of work, including parenting tend to take care of others first and ourselves rarely. We often drain ourselves and spend the weekends trying to catch up, be with our family, and be with ourselves. All of this while the demands of work are increased through legislation, cutbacks, etc.

We love what we do. We are good at it. It’s why we made the choice to do it. Most of the time we immerse ourselves in it because it fills our hearts while it drains the rest of us. AND we want to continue to have the impact we have on people.

I once heard a reading of a children’s book about bucket fillers. When we have an emotionally, physically, and spiritually full bucket we are able to give to others. If we don’t refill that bucket in some way, it becomes empty, and we begin to wear on ourselves while giving to others. This results in stress, grouchiness, burn out, lower immunity, illness, and worse if allowed to xontinue.

Thank goodness there are nourishing ways to refill our buckets that don’t require a lot of money and time. Here fu are some of my favorites:

  • Enjoy a hobby – find something you can absolutely get lost in, where you don’t notice time passing. Give

yourself permission to do it. For me it’s macro photography. Admittedly, it’s a three season hobby, but when it’s me, the camera and the flower I think of nothing else.

  • Create a safe haven – it doesn’t matter where, but it must be a no work, no stress zone. Maybe you diffuse oils or burn incense. Spoilyourself with beauty and peace and nice lighting and scents and things that make your soul feel alive.
  • Bathe – no, don’t clean. Indulge in a luxurious silky bath with lighting and maybe a book. No time for bath? Make some lavender salts and enjoy a warm foot soak and a glass of your favorite wine.
  • Walk – take a short walk and absorb the sunlight. This is not a power walk, my sweet soul, this is a walk that feeds you. Open your arms and turn your face to the sun. This is a good on for a lunchtime.
  • Speaking of lunch, start taking it – you need the break and the nourishment. Leave your work space and eat.
  • Gather with friends – laugh, talk, blow off steam. These people get you…you offer each other mutual support and acceptance.

With these small steps you can take care of yourself and fill your own bucket. Do you have a favorite bucket filling idea? Please comment and let us know.

Hugs and love,

Christine