In early November, I made a conscious decision to establish a quiet time in my day—a time to reflect and rest. I chose to start each day in a place of serenity with a sense of peace. Over the course of the next few weeks, a crisis occurred in my life. I thought I was losing my mind. But then it came to me… I had lost my peace.
As I work with classroom teachers everywhere, I hear the same thing. “There’s no time. Now they want me to add this to my day. How can I fit it all in? There are so many needs to meet.” We are nurturers. But the last person we ever take care of is ourselves.
You are not alone. As an author and consultant, I spend much of my time hurrying and scurrying about the U.S. and Canada. Classroom visits… how many can I fit into a day? Training that is exhilarating but exhausting. Too often I am running on empty and not taking time to refuel.
Thus, Peace Partners begins. If you’d like more peace in your day, permission to breathe, a sense of rest, then please join me. We can help each other find hope and serenity in the harried world of teaching today.
Each Monday and Friday I will send you a brief email message related to peace. It may be a quote, a poem, a reminder, or even a challenge. I’ve chosen these two days to help you begin and end your school week on a note of peace.
There will also be a Peace Partners tab on my blog. We invite you to send in your stories about how you’re finding peace in your classroom and in your life. My friend and colleague, Gretchen, and I have already started. We simply call each other often with this question, “How’s your peace?” We offer each other words of encouragement to rid our lives of “peace robbers,” as we’ve come to call them.
Will you join me? I hope you’ll sign up today to be part of the Peace Partners Project! To receive the e-mails, just send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with Peace Partners as the subject line. If you have a story, quote, or poem to share that helps you find peace, please send it to the same e-mail address with your name, hometown, and a brief message.