I’m joining Five Minute Friday today by writing off one word for five minutes, unedited. You can join us at Lisa Jo Baker’s site by clicking here.
To reflect means more than to remember. Reflection is to look back at ourselves and see, maybe, something greater than what it is the picture in front of us.
I encourage teachers to reflect all the time. To me, being reflective is the most important quality that distinguishes the good from the great. Reflection means growth.
I encourage my daughters to reflect, too. In a simpler way. Was that a nice thing to say? Did you use your words? Here, too, reflection is growth.
But do I reflect? Probably not as much as I should.
I’ll start simple. Was that a nice thing to say? To my mom, to my husband, to my friend. Did my words come from a place of love? No, not lately, they haven’t. Lately, my words are like venom.
Am I being the best me that I possibly can? No, not lately. I’m being a victim, I’m being sadness, I’m being angry. This self that reflects back at me is not me. I don’t like what I see.
The quality I preach to others – to teachers, to my kids – is a quality I haven’t possessed lately.
Ugh. This Five Minute Friday was hard for me. I was hoping this piece would take shape for me as I started writing, that it would show itself once I began, but it didn’t. There is something in here, somewhere, but I think I’d have to keep writing to find it.