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Keeping it in Perspective

Today's post reflects the purpose of my blog. It's so easy to get caught-up in the daily grind of life: deadlines, meetings, emails, phone calls, and so on. And, that's just work life, not considering the family, personal, and relationship commitments.

It's nice to be reminded of what matters the most- to me anyway. Put all those commitments in perspective. My desire for teaching at the college level stems from the students. I enjoy interacting with students, seeing them develop/solidify their identity, watching their confidence build, and being a part of their academic and professional pursuits. Point blank- I care about the students. Sometimes I need a reminder of that. Today, that came along...

Feeling a headache coming on from hours of staring at the computer screen and reading, I decided to take a break, walk down the hallway, and get a water (remember my water challenge?). It was here I got my first reminder of my purpose in higher education and they just kept coming.

Today, I heard and witnessed a number of students thanking me for my help, reaching out to me for help, having those "aha" moments, and building confidence. One student commented today that I eased her anxiety about college; she is confident in her abilities. I am not bragging on myself, though many of you take it that way. It's just nice to remember that I can make a difference, and that those students are making differences in the classroom, society, and industry. And more, they teach me everyday! They are an inspiration to me and drive me to be my best.

Life is hectic. Life is unpredictable.

But, life is a blessing! Let's breathe and remember our goals and passions. Let's embrace what we face each day. Keep it in perspective.

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