This is a picture of a place on the Big Island of Hawaii. It is part of a coffee plantation, Mauka Meadows. I took this picture on a visit with some friends. At the time I was an assistant superintendent of schools. It was a big job and often took a lot out of me. One of our friends said as he looked over this beautiful view, “Everyone needs to come here at least once a year so that you learn not to take yourself so seriously.” It was just the advice I needed at the time. Sometimes we get so caught up in the day to day solving of problems, juggling all sorts of details and events that we forget how to stop and realize that we are only a small part of this amazing planet. As an educator I am very passionate about the opportunities that education provides. I want everyone to have a great education! What my friend was trying to tell me was that I couldn’t do all and change the world by myself. I now know that we have to work together to create sustainable change.
Sometimes, we really need to get away from our daily routine, step back and see where we fit in the world. Do you have a place to go where you are so amazed by the beauty of nature that it reminds you to be grateful and not take yourself so seriously? You don’t need to go to Hawaii. It might be to stand over your sleeping child or having your dog or cat greet you at the door after a long day.
We get caught up in trying to make the world a better place. We get frustrated by the constraints that stop us from making our vision into a reality. Every job has constraints. Ask any of your friends and acquaintances what constraints do they deal with in their work, that makes them crazy. Everyone has a list.
As part of my new year’s goals I am going to keep a gratitude journal. I will let you know how it goes. Happy New Year Everyone.