We can spend our days thinking of our past glories.
Of how it turned out we were right all along.
We can spend our days reliving the past.
We can spend our days thinking we are right, no matter what others say.
We can spend our days never looking back except to the moments where we knew it all.
We can focus in on the things we figured out, how we saved the day and everyone in it.
We can congratulate ourselves on a job well done, how we were the loudest voice, how we had all of the answers if only the world would listen to us.
We can spend our days tearing others down when they disagree.
We can spend our time holding so tight to our beliefs that we forget what we are holding on to, only knowing that we must cling to them or be lost.
Or we can pause…
Hear the voice of others…
Hear people out…
Reset our understanding to not exclude, but include.
To really listen to understand, not to respond.
To ask more questions rather than jump to the defensive.
To discuss rather than dismiss.
To build others up instead of tearing them down.
Perhaps agree to disagree but do so with respect.
At the end of the day, it is a choice we make. A choice we commit to. And a choice we can change. Let’s not forget that.
If you like what you read here, consider reading my newest book, Passionate Readers – The Art of Reaching and Engaging Every Child, out August 2017. This book focuses on the five keys we can implement into any reading community to strengthen student reading experiences, even within the 45 minute English block. If you are looking for solutions and ideas for how to re-engage all of your students consider reading my very first book Passionate Learners – How to Engage and Empower Your Students. Also, if you are wondering where I will be in the coming year or would like to have me speak, please see this page.