The Farmer and Fortune

With this being my first summer in years that I don’t have to work or go to school, I’ve been reading a lot of Aesop’s Fables. To me, it’s a nice reminder of the small things that is commonly forgotten. Here’s another example. 

A Farmer was ploughing one day on his farm when he turned up a pot of golden coins with his plough. He was overjoyed at his discovery, and from that time forth made an offering daily at the shrine of the Goddess of the Earth. Fortune was displeased at this, and came to him and said, “My man, why do you give Earth the credit for the gift which I bestowed upon you? You never thought of thanking me for your good luck; but should you be unlucky enough to lose what you have gained I know very well that I, Fortune, should then come in for all the blame.”

Moral of the Story:

Show gratitude where gratitude is due.

Often times, we forget how “Thank you” can go a long way. I was taught to always show appreciation for the small and big things. Remember, we don’t have to show gratitude for the major things that happen in our lives; so many small things happen on a daily basis that we should be thankful for. There are people out there who are looking at you and wishing for what you have. Rather than looking at what other people have and envying them, appreciate what YOU have. Practice some gratitude rather than being bitter…you will be better off that way!

Deuces!

The Crab and His Mother

An Old Crab said to her son, “Why do you walk sideways like that, my son? You ought to walk straight.” The Young Crab replied, “Show me how, dear mother, and Ill follow your example.” The Old Crab tried, but tried in vain, and then saw how foolish she had been to find fault with her child.

Moral of the story:

Example is better than precept.

We will teach others more effectively by being a good example than we will by telling them what to do. 

Deuces!

The Bear and the Travelers

Two Travelers were on the road together, when a Bear suddenly appeared on the scene. Before he observed them, one made for a tree at the side of the road, and climbed up into the branches and hid there. 

The other was not so nimble as his companion; and, as he could not escape, he threw himself on the ground and pretended to be dead. The Bear came up and sniffed all around him, but he kept perfectly still and held his breath; for they say that a bear will not touch a dead body. The Bear took him for a corpse, and went away. When the coast was clear, the Traveler in the tree came down, and asked the other what it was the Bear had whispered to him when he put his mouth to his ear. The other replied, “He told me never again to travel with a friend who deserts you at the first sign of danger.”

Moral of the story:

Misfortune tests the sincerity of friendship

I’m a city girl — LA is where my heart is — I went to college in Santa Cruz and still wondered how I survived to this day. I saw animals there that I normally wouldn’t see in the city. A lot of my friends know that me and camping should never go into the same sentence (LOL) because if I could barely handle being in an area full of deer, mountain lions, snakes, raccoons, etc., what makes me think I would want to go in an area with all of those animals INCLUDING BEARS?! Yeah, I get joked on about that in good fun; however, when I read that Fable it made me not only laugh but it also made me think about who I could really trust in the moment of misfortune? Take a moment to think about that and ask yourself, “Who really has my back during the hard times?” If you’re paying a lot of attention to someone who willingly leaves you hangin’ in a moment of despair, are they really your friend? Are they being really sincere? Are you paying attention to that “friend” more than someone who had your back since Day 1? I’ve been guilty of it, we all have; however, tell your sincere friends how much you appreciate them for being in your life. I ❤ my friends who have been there for me through all of my ups and downs and they know I will do the same for them. Good read today. 

Deuces!

“The Six W’s: Work will win when wishing won’t.”
-Todd Blackledge

Time to stop wishing for things to happen and MAKE it happen! We cannot be lax by sitting around and waiting for our wishes to come true. We must put the effort and work into something to gain that success and gratification…therefore, that’s when your wishes and desires come true, right? 🙂

“The Six W’s: W…

The Gnat and the Bull

A Gnat alighted on one of the horns of a bull, and remained sitting there for a considerable time. When it had rested sufficiently and was about to fly away, it said to the bull, “Do you mind if I go now?” The bull merely raised his eyes and remarked, without interest, “It’s all one to me; I didn’t notice when you came, and I shan’t know when you go away.” 

Moral of the Story

We are often of greater importance in our own eyes than in the eyes of our neighbor. The smaller the mind, the greater the conceit. 

I get it; at times, we may walk around like our s*** don’t stink, as if we are the greatest individual to have walked this earth — to be the best thing since sliced bread. Or that we may often be of more consequence in our own eyes than in the eyes of our neighbors. Remember — we are individuals (single, separate, one person) in a population (All the inhabitants of a particular town, area, or country). Try not to make yourself bigger than what you really are — when you’re focused on YOU all of the time, you close your mind off to everything else. Then everyone else who is looking at you, your mannerisms, or even listen to what you’re saying, will see that you’re conceited and they won’t have time for all of that. Open your eyes and ears…pay attention to what’s going on around you…there are many things that are going on around you and you’re not aware of it because you’re feelin’ yourself too much. As a result, you miss out on a blessing or an important lesson that needed to be learned. Stay humble my folks!

Deuces

 

 

2012-2013 School Year Reflections

Embark on this journey with me…

February – May 2012 I completed my student teaching practicum for my Masters program. With much procrastination, love, and support from my friends and coworkers I graduated and got my preliminary credential in August. In addition, I was interviewing for jobs, landed one in the same district that I’ve been working with and quit my previous job.

Being a Rookie, it was a major leaning curve for me. But it was a challenge I was willing to take. My department was very supportive, other colleagues took me under their wing to show me the ropes. I am thankful for that, they might not know…but naturally I am observer; I may notice something and use my observations in my own classroom to tweak something that I was working on.

A big lesson I learned was the difference between our generations. I’m old enough to be their aunt and I continually reflected on how I was during junior high and looked at how my students behaved. I randomly had my “Mom rants” (one of my students called it) from time to time. It was weird that I was told “You remind me of my mama”, or I was called “Mom” or even “Mommy.” I remember calling a good friend of mine and said “Man what the hell I was called mommy today! I don’t know how to take that!” They laughed and said that it probably was a good thing because I provide consistency. But, I have no kids of my own so it was weird to be called that. *shudders* lol.

The worst thing I would have to say about this school year was experiencing the growing pains. Here are two of the big lessons:

  • I had to balance my personal life, my Sorority life, BTSA, and my classroom life. That was a lot to handle! There would be times I forget a deadline or a meeting because I’m so focused on one aspect of my life and I would just be pissed about it. But, it was a growing pain I had (and still have to) experience. I survived. I learned my lessons. I need to apply what I learned into next year and many years to come.
  • One of my classes was stressful, and it damn near burned me out because  there were many times where it seemed as if there was no light at the end of the tunnel. I can honestly say I shut down in that class and was emotionless, which is not my nature at all. However, I stuck with it and I survived the year.

The best thing I would have to say about this school year was getting to know my students and coworkers. A lot of different personalities to deal with, which can be overwhelming, but it was worth the challenge. Also, it was great being able to joke around with my students and have random conversations. Being one of the youngest teachers there, I can say I had a bit of an advantage because I’m able to relate with them a little bit because they were pretty shocked that I knew some of the lyrics of songs that they listened to. In addition to me getting to know the students, they got to know me as well. They knew my facial expressions…when I looked a certain way, they knew when to knock it off. They knew that I was a sucker for big hoop earrings and shoes…lol…

Lastly, it is nice to know that I will have a job next year! It’s common for newer teachers to not know their status for next year, but with a supportive administration, I was able to find out before the last day of school.

I am thankful for the experiences thus far…next year should be interesting. More growing pains and transitions await. August 28th, will approach quickly, I will enjoy this summer while it lasts!

-Deuces