As the sun sets on the year 2014, I have many things to reflect on. I have experienced both joy and pain. As years go by, I can see I progress and learn randomly. I have experienced some beautiful things in 2014. I have also had my struggles. As a focus on 2014, I also see the patterns I have created over decades. Regardless, I have many blessings and always seek to look forward. No resolutions- just a desire to find more peace.
Personally, I guess I’m ‘approaching standards’ as report cards would go. Ironically, my professional achievements and satisfaction has consistently been a success. Mostly, this indicates I have boundary issues. 🙂 Clearly, I should be working less intensely and parsing more time for myself during the week. I knew it before but was just weak in making the lifestyle change. I should have looked after myself more but like most of my colleagues, teaching demands have steadily risen and become more complex. We are working in a state that is approaching a mania just to keep the system productive.
That awareness, however, is my reflection not my action plan. As I approach the year of my retirement, I could only hope I can meet many amazing people as I have had the joy of doing during teaching.
- Funniest blog post:
“We don’t eat in the bathroom….
- Favourite quotes:
“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art — write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.” -N.Gaiman
- Favourite newly discovered apps:
- Favourite blog post:
Truth About Change…
- Best a Professional Development: #etmooc thanks to Alec Couros, CogDog and participants. http://etmooc.org
Best professional event: theMLB playoffs.The drama and athleticism was perfect spectator sport.
- All About Books:
- Most upsetting: Cockroach by Rawi Hage
- Most fascinating: Unbound by
- Most provoking: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
- Most fun: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and
- Disappeared https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13486632
- News media:
- Saddest news: Rise and fall of Jian Ghomeshi story
- Most inspiring news:
- Most amusing: Grizzly bear and photographer Lawrence.
- Most inspiring:
- My library partner and friend Sharon, rejoining me after her ordeal with cancer.
- Most frustrating:
- Most predictable: PM Harper’s disdain for environmental portfolio.
- Most frustrating: Premier Clark’s disregard and intransigence regarding a healthy public education.
- Most disappointing: USA perceptions of Canada hits all time low. http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/12/27/a_shift_in_perception_of_canada_in_the_us.html
- Accomplishments :
- Climbing/hiking over 32000 feet this summer.
- Building and completing a new vegetable garden with my wife.
- Getting off anti-depressant medication.
- Contributing to our record usage numbers in our school library. 1400 patrons/per day average.
- Discovering wisdom through giving the uniqueness of a student, while receiving wisdom through.
- Discovering my various health issues is Candida yeast.
- Watching my adult children taking on life’s challenges with bravery, mindfulness and Grace
- Hiking the Rockies and Selkirk mountains with my wife.
- Walking the dogs with our friends.
- My catch and release of 3 beautiful 3lb trout during a wondrous warm autumn morning.
- Taking ornithology on as a new hobby.
Lastly, some statistics from my blog that I found amusing.
- The most viewed post was regarding the BC teacher’s strike and lockout. Not surprising considering the sometimes emotional discourse and social media traffic.
- The total number of views is also interesting. 24,000. I guess blogging is worth the effort if people are sharing.