I have a quote hanging in my classroom that goes something like this: “The path is yours, and yours alone. Others may walk it with you, but no one else can walk it for you.” That quote stuck with me because I took it to mean that I am responsible for my success or failure. I need to put in the work to see the results. While I do still believe that, I am finding it harder to believe that my path is controlled only by me. Sometimes there is nothing I can do but trust someone else. Which brings me to the word of the day/week/year: trust.
In these crazy times we are living through, there are things you just can’t control. I can control my effort and attitude all the time. However, there are times where I need to have faith that someone else is doing their job. School is starting this week. I have spaced out my desks. The surfaces are all wiped down with Clorox wipes. I have studied all of the protocols. Then I get a sinking feeling when I realize that all the work I put in to make things safe is really dependent upon what the 600 plus other people in my building do. I can do everything right, but am also at the mercy of those other people. This is where I have to trust that when they interact with others in the building or at home, they are taking the proper precautions.
This past weekend, my daughter ended up with an infection in her foot that landed her at Children’s Hospital. Talk about me needing to trust! There was nothing my wife and I could do for her but sit and help keep her spirits up. She has been a trooper and has made our job easy. The thing is, we have to trust all the experts who are doing what is best for her. In my opinion, things were not getting done quickly enough. Big shock that I have no patience. I need to trust that they have been trained well and are giving my daughter the best they have to offer.
Letting go of control is not something I like to do. In these two situations, trusting others to do their best means I stay healthy at school and my daughter gets healthy and comes home. All those out there reading this, I hope you are able to trust that I am doing everything to make school a safe place for your children. It is hard to do, but trust is something that we all have to work on these days…speaking from experience.