Like many others, I am struck by the swiftness of the passage of time. It seems like only a few minutes ago that I was beginning my first year back in the classroom as a science teacher. Now that year is halfway over. My first kindergarten students–the ones I had a couple of years ago when I started my teaching career–have now graduated from high school. However, it was a 7th grade student who reminded me yesterday of the importance of embracing time as it passes. He reminded me that we have only a limited amount of time in live our lives, that today only comes once, and that we have the power to make a significant contribution every day.
This is such a timely reminder as we close out 2013 and prepare for 2014. People everywhere are resolving to make 2014 better than 2013. Fitness, time management, and finance will top many peoples’ list of resolutions. These are excellent resolutions to make life better, but I think, in light of my recent discussion, that I’ll focus on something more meaningful (and possibly more nebulous). I want to seize every day by not missing an opportunity to make a positive difference in someone’s life. I encourage us as educators to seek out ways to look past the trials that come our way daily in the world of education, to look into the eyes of the students around us, and to make a positive impact on them every day. We can offer the gifts of encouragement, self-esteem, and love as we offer our biggest gift–a quality education that brings with it a chance to move into a broader future.