It is that time of year again – those weeks leading up to spring break when students [and teachers, to some degree] are uninhibited, excited, stir-crazy and in need of change. Behavioral challenges pop up more frequently and we all seem to have a more difficult time holding things together.
This was the case with one of my students this week. He was dead set on convincing me he was “bad” – as evidenced by both his words and actions. I really had to work hard not to give in and agree with him, confirming his self-fulfilling prophecy. Luckily, as I was walking downstairs in my house this morning, I got a visual reminder to stay hopeful.
We planted a redbud tree right outside the window of our stairwell many years back. We did so because every spring it buds – and is beautiful. Of course, usually this occurs in March, but this year, given our crazy Texas weather, it is in full bloom now. When I look at that tree in the dead of winter I have to remind myself that those spring flowers are hiding inside the hard exterior of the limbs just waiting to come out. And you know what? No matter how freakish the weather during the winter, like clockwork, the tree blooms. Yes indeed, hope springs eternal.
I think sometimes the best I can do is just remain hopeful. Hope is always there, I just get too bogged down in my own little world of frustrations to see it. There are many things in my own life and the lives of my students I can’t control, but my attitude and outlook are not two of them. As you deal with your own frustrations and challenges, stay hopeful. No matter how freakish your storm, spring is on the horizon, and things will get better.