Hi there! I hope my fellow Texan friends are staying cool in this weather. If you are escaping the heat.. well then.. I'm jealous. :) This past Sunday, I attended a church service. The preacher's message was on that really stuck with me. He asked if we know what we believe in. And if so, do we really live by those beliefs? Sure, it seems simple enough. Without analyzing, you could easily say yes! But if you take the time to really truly look inside and evaluate yourself.. do you really?
It got me thinking... I have my beliefs about religion, family, and life in general. But I have never written them down. After doing that, I was on a roll. Because education is another integral part of my life. I could apply this to my profession, as well!
After days of erasing, crumpling paper, and jotting down notes, I *think* I have my education beliefs covered. There are so many things I could say, but everything boils down to these 8 statements for me.
The experience was one that really helped me grow as an educator. I gave myself time to really reflect and decide what was most important to me. Writing it down just solidified my thoughts.
What about you? Do you have your beliefs? Most importantly, are they written down? Because now that I did, I have a reference. Anytime there is a sticky situation, or I am feeling frustrated, or I am unsure of how to handle a situation, I will come back and read my 8 statements. These give me purpose, and they drive my action.
The Purpose Driven Life is a popular book with a widespread audience. I challenge you to take the message, but funnel it to our profession. Teach with a purpose. Use your statements to drive, encourage and help you through the fulfilling, emotional, gratifying, overwhelming, happy profession we call teaching.
I encourage you to write your own beliefs. Please share a link to your Blog, or the beliefs themselves, in the comments below. Let us teach purposefully!
Continue on with the Beliefs to Actions blog hop by visiting my friend Racheal Burden (also known as 180 Days to Happy) by clicking here!!
With Love from Texas,