Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Garbage on the Road

When I go running, I take the same route every time. For the last three weeks, while running my usual route, I've seen this piece of garbage on the road. It's just harmlessly laying there by the curb. It appears to be some sort of cable wire for a building project going on nearby. I notice it every time and every time, I just run over it as it's not that big. Each time I see it, I think, "Eh, someone will pick it up." And sure enough, the next day, that piece of garbage is still there. So one day, as I approached "the spot," I noticed it was yet again, still there. So I decided that when I got done with my run, I would drive in my car to that spot and throw that piece of garbage away. So that's what I did. 

Sometimes, if you want something done, you just have to do it yourself. 

Don't wait around for someone else to do it. Don't rely on others when you are totally capable of doing it yourself. Take action and be the one to initiate something you want to see happen/change. Seek out opportunities to help and lead. 

If you want your classroom to be more engaging and fun, don't wait around for someone to come by and do it for your or give you an idea. Take action and go do it yourself by connecting on Twitter. If you have a student who is not doing their work or being a pain, don't wait around for someone to come "fix" that student, do it yourself with kindness and compassion. If you are getting stressed out, don't wait around for someone to come take that stress away, do something yourself that will help, like reminding yourself why you are a teacher in the first place. If you want to try a new tech tool, don't wait for someone else to show you how to use it, just use it yourself and see what happens. 

There's lots of garbage on the road. And if we just wait for someone else to pick it up, nothing will happen and we will find our streets littered. Take the initiative to do something about it. Pick up that garbage with a positive mindset.  

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