How many times have we heard that in the past few years? It seems everywhere we turn we are hearing that the key to happiness is to truly love what you do. One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite authors, Steve Farber, is “Do what you love in the service of people who love what you do!” That quote seems to embody the relational leadership for all of us in a leadership role.
I often tell my own children that when they choose a career, do something that you love and you’ll never work a day in life. Making your job your passion brings such motivation, happiness and satisfaction in your job. You see the importance of what you do, you know that you are making a difference and you fulfill that mission to the best of your ability. It is your life’s work, it is a calling.
However, this does not mean that we escape the reality of the world in which we live. For educators, I am fully aware of the pressures that teachers face on a day to day basis…lack of funding, teacher accountability, evaluations, testing, etc. When you add it all up, the challenges can be daunting. Yet, we have choices we make about our attitude regarding the job and the way we go about tackling the tough stuff.
Some may say “You’ve got your “rose-colored glasses” on again!
Metaphorically we are all given rose-colored glasses and sometimes it is appropriate to pull them out and wear them. Some days it even feels good to wear them! Not to say that we become oblivious to the issues facing us, instead we choose to see the possibilities that await in our work and the difference we make in the lives of children. It’s all a matter of how you choose to look at things. What a powerful and freeing feeling it is to know that we are in control of our attitude and the shaping of the environment we work.
So my invitation to you is to pull our your “rose-colored” glasses and wear them a bit each day. Every day, wear them a bit longer and let’s make this school year the best.
As we prep for this upcoming school year my hope for everyone is to find your passion, find your love, and live it to the fullest. Be passionate, be courageous, be you!
It’s almost showtime…the 1st day of school! It’s time to be amazing and it’s time to do what you love and LOVE WHAT YOU DO!