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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Tuesday Thoughts to Ponder...


I recently finished my undergraduate degree and I am looking for a teaching job in special education. I would ideally like to stay in the school I am in now, (teacher's aide) but I am willing to go to a different school to get my foot in the door. 
I went on a job interview on Friday at a different school, more for practice than anything else, as the position they were hiring for was only a temporary one. But I couldn't help imagining working at the new school, with the new students and staff.... imagining my new life at the new job. And although I felt excitement, I was also a little nervous. I have been at my school for 12 years.... and the thought of leaving that "comfort zone" was a bit terrifying....

From Psychology Today:"The real challenge is to see crisis as opportunity, to rise to our highest selves, even if we think we can’t, even if we’re scared. The truly extraordinary act is to seek courage, to see fear as impetus to grow smarter, stronger, more resilient. In a sense fear is a teacher of courage. After all, courage couldn’t exist if there wasn’t something to be afraid of. "
"What else is evolution except acting in extraordinary ways when everything is against us. Let’s not keep telling ourselves negative stories the moment we awaken—you know, like “How am I going to make it through the day…what if…what if?” We can’t afford to indulge the “what-ifs.
Instead we must try our best to stay in the Now, to not catastrophize, to not feed fear—because all the ‘what-if’s” simply make fear grow."

I am confident that the "right" job for me is out there, just around the corner. If the new job requires a move to a new school, I will face my fear and be brave! Who knows what adventures will await me....?
 (I'll keep you posted.....)


“A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.”

~ William Shedd 

(me.... on an adventure....)


  1. I wish you all the best in your new "adventure"!! Change is always the hardest thing, but usually results in the greatest surprises!! ♥

  2. Good advice. I have become a fear feeder, I'm afraid. Good luck -- go forth and be brave!

  3. I've always felt if you weren't a little scared for what was around the corner, it wouldn't be worth the effort. No guts, no glory. You need to move up. Best of luck to you.

  4. I've always read that people are afraid of change. I have always been the one who loved to change, try something new, go somewhere else. Even in my classroom (I teach 6th grade), I rarely do the same things two years in a row. You'll know when the right job comes around, and you'll love it!

  5. Good luck in your job search!!!

  6. I am sure whatever school you teach at you'll be great ...and they will be scoring a wonderful teacher!!

  7. I think you are like most of us, we love the comfort of the life we are used to, to step out of that is kinda scarey.....I am sure you will do well and get a good job in a place that will be just as nice as where you are now. Good luck!


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