I recently posted a snippet entitled: “A Dog Named Stay”. I wrote that piece when I was pondering whether or not I should stay at my job. I was trying to convince myself that I could teach full-time without having my health suffer. I quickly discovered, however, that it was foolish of me to stay the course and remain at my job. I realized that, by staying at my job, I was not following God’s will for my life. So, I resigned from my teaching position yesterday. It is my hope that I will be able to pursue my dream of making Hallelujah Acres a reality now that I am no longer with the school board. The letter that follows is the letter that I sent to my students. I decided to share it on my blog because I believe that we all must look at the endings in our lives as opportunities for new beginnings.
My Dear Young Cherubs,
It is with great sadness that I must leave you. I have enjoyed our short time together. It is my hope and my prayer that your new teacher will be just the person you need to help you on your life’s journey.
This is your journey and there will be people placed in your path along the way right at the moment that you need them most - you just need to recognize when they are there.
As you know, this learning strategies class is just a tool for you to use along the journey. I can hand you the tool, your new teacher can hand you the tool, but it is completely up to you as to whether or not you choose to use it. Each of you has your whole future ahead of you - what will you do with it?
Life will throw you curve balls along the way. I was just thrown one. I expected to hit a home run with my new classes and my wonderful students. I was looking forward to a great year of teaching and learning with all of you. Yet, I quickly realized that my health was suffering greatly. I had to admit to myself that I cannot do this job and remain healthy. I had to make a decision that clearly will have a great impact on my life.
One day you, too, will be faced with decisions that will greatly impact your life. How will you face them? Will you look upon endings as terrible tragedies or as new beginnings? Every ending is an opportunity for a new beginning.
This is my opportunity for a new beginning.
I will leave you with this poem that I’ve already shared with you, but is worth repeating:
So isn’t it strange that princes and kings
And clowns (that’s me) that caper through sawdust rings
And ordinary folks like you and me;
We are all builders for eternity...
Each of us is issued a book of rules,
a shapeless mass,
and a bag of tools...
And each of us, before our life is flown, must shape either a stumbling block
A STEPPING STONE.
Now, go build your stepping stones!