|Beautiful zinnias and marigolds intermingled with grass and weeds|
Many people do not get to see the slices of society that walk through school house doors every weekday morning during the school year. Frank and I had an administrator many years ago that made a statement that has stuck with us - "Society walks through the door every morning." It truly does. Not all of society values the lessons learned from successes and failure.
|Cheddar cheese with holes. It didn't work out.|
I am a special education teacher. Most of my career has been spent with students from kindergarten through fifth grade. One of the most important things I try to instill in my students is how wonderful and special they are - even if they never learn to read, spell or do math. You see, who they are is what is truly important. They have to learn to deal with failures each and every day throughout their entire career at school. How many of you would want to go into a situation each and every day and fail over and over and over, year after year after year. Would you do it? Would you quit trying? Some do.
|'The Grape Fiasco'. That was definitely a learning experience.|
So, back to learning from successes and failures. That is life. Life is a series of learning opportunities. Some of them exciting and wonderfully rewarding. Some of them just don't quite pan out. And some are just dismal failures and quite disappointing. Can you learn from them all? Absolutely! They just don't all carry the same amount of 'neato mosquito!' power.
|The herb bed flooded in the spring and it felt like all that work was wasted, but it wasn't.|
The motto in my classroom this year is "Knowledge is our power!" Let's take that a step further, out of the classroom, and into our lives. What we know, what we are learning everyday increases our ability to be self-sufficient, confident and gives our lives more meaning and depth. There is a reason I continually encourage you to learn something new that will benefit your family, friends and neighbors. The power gained from learning can never be taken from you. If there comes a time when all else is gone, you have what you know and can do within you - always.
|Sometimes a beautiful head of broccoli is so full of worms it is better to feed it to the chickens.|
Cherish the ability you have to learn. Not all learning comes easily to many of us. We all have areas where we excel and areas in which we struggle. Some, like the students I teach, struggle more than others. I am blessed every day to be in their presence. My students' successes and failures teach me something new everyday. So when I come home tired from another day's work and still have my work at home to do, there are times I would like to just sit. But I love the work I do at home and the resiliency and strength it gives me.
|Sometimes the road to success is not apparent, even when it is right in front of us.|
Remember, knowledge is our power and we can increase that power each and every day, whether we succeed or fail. We still learn.
Until next time - Fern