Today was the last day of the first semester of this academic year. I can say honestly, I truly need the break. Papers, tests, quizzes, exams – if it weren’t for the grading aspect of my job, I’d love it to pieces. I still love it to pieces; I just wish some of these pieces would go away sometimes.
I frequently try to reflect on what works and what doesn’t work with regard to my teaching. For one of my classes, I’ve felt particularly unproductive, at least in terms of the amount of material I intended to cover. It happens more than from time to time; I tend to self-denigrate about it…
I also try to reflect on what works and what hasn’t worked as a wife and mother. However, I’ve decided that to write about that right now (at least today) would not be productive (there’s that word again). Instead, I will think on other things. In fact, I will attempt to take advice from the Apostle Paul, as he states:
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 NRSV)
While trying to fill my mind with good things as Paul advises won’t change the fact that I have a lot of work to do in many areas of my life, it certainly helps to see that there are many other things in my life to be thankful for. It also should remind me that there is a world outside of myself, and there is some good about it.