It’s been a couple of months since I’ve updated, not because of a lack of something to say, but more because of a lack of time to say it. 2010 came in and has kept me busy between coaching, teaching, and trying to maintain some semblance of a personal life.
Around February, I feel like I finally get comfortable in my role as a teacher. It’s when I’ve managed to figure out all of the little nuances that make me tick as a teacher and my students better as students. Luckily, I still have the remainder of the year to sharpen the saw, really kick things in gear, and take it to the next level.
Yesterday we took the kids on an ice-skating trip. It was a trip that I looked forward to, partially because I hadn’t been ice-skating in so long, but also because I thoroughly enjoy opportunity to interact with students outside the classroom.
Watching the students ice-skate was like watching them bloom and blossom in a 2 hour period. I observed them initially stepping on the ice: timid and fearful; holding tightly to the wall. Then they slowly made their way away from the wall, and by the time the day was over, they were in the middle of the ice: skating, dancing, and taking pictures.
Watching them bloom and blossom made me reflect on my own life. There have been many times where I have been reluctant to come to the middle, and have preferred to play it safe by hanging close to the wall. However, I didn’t experience the complete joy and freedom because of my fear of falling or being hurt. The real truth is that you learn by falling. You learn how to do things, how NOT to do things, you better understand your strengths and your weaknesses, and you begin to grow and develop more.
I’ve resolved to spend more of the time in my life away from the wall and closer to the middle, hoping to experience the joy and fullness of life even more, with faith that God will always keep me safe and be there to catch me when I fall.