I have had to pause with my writing for a while because my emotions have been all over the place since the school shootings in Florida. The school is about 30 minutes from where I live. I have had to stop my car and let funeral processions for some of the victims go by. I have spoken to people who knew the teachers or students. It is more real to me since I live here.
My first thought is that schools need to implement from the youngest age The Inner Essence Project or some program that teaches compassion and cooperation. There is such a great need for love, compassion, community, and cooperation in our schools among the teachers, staff, and students. If we can begin teaching children compassion and how to monitor their behaviors and emotions they will become healthier as they grow older. They will be able to support each other and know when their support is not enough and let a professional know.
Children are the future and teachers and the ones to lead and educate them as to how to be loving, happy, and compassionate members of a community. I do not understand why teachers are paid so poorly given their enormous responsibility. I know many teachers who have to take a 2nd or 3rd job to make ends meet. This is not right.
There is so much wrong with our educational system but the respect and recognition that teachers receive are the worst. The average starting teacher salary is $36,000. The average highest paying teacher salary is $56,000. This is so wrong. These men and women are educating and, now protecting, our children. They are forming the future of our country.
When I went to India teachers were deeply respected and honored. When they learned I was a teacher they put their hands together and bowed as if they were in the company of someone great. Yes, teachers are considered great in India and other countries. But, here, they are at the bottom of the professional pay scale and often with little respect.
This has been my “soapbox” for a while. I don’t understand how a country can think so little of teachers and students to not immediately ban weapons of war. To me, this is a no-brainer.
The New Year is approaching and I do a yearly routine that I want to share with you. Every January 1st or around that date I sit at a table with all the magazines and catalogs that I have been saving, scissors, and a glue stick. I practice the Five Laws of Life (Living from Your Heart: The Inner Essence Journey) throughout the year but I take this time each year to commit to myself, my intentions, possibilities, and choices. I believe in the power of vision boards.
When I start creating my vision board I make sure I am not interrupted and often light a candle or do something symbolic for the emergence of the next year. I usually spend some time in the days before thinking about what to put on the board. So, now I am ready to cut and glue my goals for the next year. I generally use a full or a half of a poster board. Sometimes I select one that is colored instead of just white. I saw someone’s vision board that was the inside cover and the first page of a spiral notebook. Then, he used the notebook throughout the year for notes, “to do’s”, quotes etc. (see below)
Now, I start cutting and gluing images of what I would like to experience, achieve and so on for the next year. It’s so enjoyable to flip through magazines, look at pictures and ponder whether it is worthy to be on my Board of Next Year. Ocean? Books? People? Church? Time alone? Meditations? New car? Candles? What would be on yours? House? Baby? New lawn mower? Skiing? School? or what?
It’s nice sometimes to do this ritual with others. It’s fun and a good way to spend quality time with your family or friends. I used to do it with my kids when they were little. I kept them and shared them when they were older. We all enjoyed remembering and reminiscing as a family. I am always impressed and inspired to see how intentions work. I can see all their age appropriate pictures – baby dolls, legos, books, bikes, boys or girls, money, college mascots and so on.
I still do it now even though my kids are grown and on their own. I love that time each year when I can focus on me and only me.
One key to remember is not to be attached to the outcome. I put my intentions out there and trust that whatever happens will be perfect.