It's that time of year where I wonder how I will get it all done. Between preparing for enrollment in my buidling, planning professional development, and the to-do list that is a mile long, I’m beginning to feel very overwhelmed. Oh...and let's not forget that I still have to be a mom, cook dinner, do laundry, and just be there for my kids.
While moms aim for perfection and beat ourselves up for what we didn't do, we must remember that our kids are very forgiving. They don't care if you feed them spaghetti again or if you grab a pizza on the way home. They don’t even care if you take 30 minutes to walk on the treadmill. What they care about is being heard when they are ready to talk or a hug when they’ve had a bad day. They also care about what our mood might be when we walk in the door after a long day at work.
It is up to us to decide our attitude. It is up to us to decide how we show up each day.
Yesterday, a friend of mine lost her battle to cancer. Throughout that battle, I saw an example of what we all hope to be when fighting for our lives....positive, hopeful, and strong. I think of how she always said, “It’s all good!” It didn’t matter if she was in the middle of feeling crappy because of the chemo or had the best day with her second graders, her attitude was positive and her smile bright. She was a beautiful example of what we should all strive to be….someone who looked for the wins in every day. Someone who realized that we are not perfect and that life is not perfect, but we should live it anyway. Someone who had every reason to feel defeated but stood up to fight the good fight.
It is this attitude that I plan to take into my school year. It is her words that will run through my mind if I begin to complain too much. It is her example that will help me smile when the days are good AND look for the wins on the days that are tough.
Because it's all good.
We will miss you, Cori.
Principal of PreK-6th Grade