Saturday, September 27, 2014

Writing Saves Me from the Sin and Inconvenience of Violence.................

I am not sure why writing my blog has not been a priority for me.   I love to write and it is truly an outlet for me.    However, this year writing has been difficult and I have not experienced the joy and excitement to be able to update my blog on a regular basis.   I need to get back that joy and start writing more.  There are so many good things happening here and I can't let the negative issues overtake the so many more positive ones.     So I am truly going to try to get back to writing and forget the negativity that parts of my job bring.

Mike Rochin, who is a Facebook friend and is also from Douglas, posted something that really touched me in many ways.   He is an incredible writer and just about every day he writes something on Facebook.  They are always insightful, thoughtful, and touching.   Here is what he wrote:

"Some people can be mean and say and do things that are hurtful.   Instead of trying to “repay” them with the same acts that they use, remember that they are in some way broken and hurting.  Their treatment of others reflects this fact.  They simply don’t know how to channel their pain.  The answer is not to make excuses for them, but to keep a positive outlook and be thankful that you are not in that predicament."

This really hit me and made me think about some of the issues that I have been dealing with.  I particularly was taken with the part that says to be thankful that you are not in that predicament.  It actually gave me a truly peaceful feeling.  What Mike says is so true!!!  I thank him for sharing this with me and giving me an opportunity to reflect on his words!   

I am thankful that I am not in that "predicament."  I have a wonderful, loving family.  It has been a blessing for me to spend the last four years here in Douglas with my Aunt Teresa.   It has given her more time to be in the house that she loves.   My children are doing well and I have a precious grandson, Cameron.   Judy and her family are always so supportive of me.  My cousins are the best and our extended family is so close.  I have so many wonderful friends that I cherish.   And I still keep in touch with former students and families that I had as a teacher and as a principal.   My career has spanned 43 years and I still believe being an educator is the most honorable of professions.  I am so blessed in so many ways!

My goal is to start writing again at least once a week.  I still love the quote by Alice Walker that I have posted on my blog...........  "Writing saved me from the sin and inconvenience of violence!"