Can I Get An “Om” Up In Here?

In the spirit of being all zen and positive and whatnot, I thought this post would be crazy appropriate for today.  You know as we all kick off the year and are full of the necessary energy required to bite our tongues when confronted by totally asinine behavior and/or ridiculous displays of incompetence on the part of some of the “adults” working in our midst?  

As you are probably well aware, Mrs. Mimi loves to get her complain on.  I will wave my bitch flag whenever I feel appropriate HOWEVER, I am also beginning to recognize the need to chill the F out and find a little zen.  To focus on my work, what is important and what I can do to change my situation, rather than scrutinize the crap in which others seem to enjoy wading about. 

That’s growth, people.

Let’s blame it on motherhood, shall we?

Check out this gem of a quote that I discovered over at The Happiness Project back in July:

(Yes, I’ve been holding on to this baby for a rainy day…)

β€œA lifetime can well be spent correcting and improving one’s own faults without bothering about others.”
— Edward Weston

I shall pause so that you can soak that in.  And possibly re-read it because I didn’t quite get it at first.


This bit of shiny zen is in sharp contrast to the plaque I currently have gracing my kitchen window sill.  That one goes a little bit like this:

“If you don’t have something nice to say, sit here next to me.”

So you can see that I am making great strides.  I think this particular idea is extremely important as we start off our new years full of shiny pencils, polite students (they’re still tired from the early morning alarm…just you wait!) and new Sharpies.  Perhaps it would be a good idea to look at ourselves and our own flaws and consider ways to improve upon them instead of focusing on how much everyone else sucks.


I’ll go first. 

I can be a touch judgemental.

(Say it ain’t so!)

No, really.  I can.  So maybe this year I can focus more on giving people the benefit of the doubt.  When I feel myself judging, I can try my best to find something else about that person which is positive. 

My turn again. 

I am too quick to say “no” when faced with something new.  I am also quick to list all the reasons that something WON’T work instead of thinking about how I can MAKE something work.

(Is anyone else exhausted?) (Being positive really takes it out of me.)

Clearly, I have some work to do this year.  What about you?  What are your goals for this upcoming school year?  Any fatal flaws you want to own up to and try to change?

I’m off to do a yoga pose or something else painfully upbeat.


PS- Does this mean that I will never again complain?  That I will never again poke fun at the ridiculousness that is all around us?  Um, no. It just means that those precious moments will be sprinkled with a bit of sunshine and rainbows. 

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  • I think the zen bug is catching. I wrote a similar post, and my, the zen feels nice. Here's to an enlightened school year.

    September 3, 2010 at 12:37 am
  • Good luck on bring the positivity into your life! I could certainly do this, too… I have decided that I need to work on being more accepting to ideas that I don't necessarily agree with. As a first year teacher there are many things about the school system that I absolutely dislike.. but I have to realize that I must do my time and learn how to make the bad ideas work for me before I am able to jump in and change things!


    September 3, 2010 at 1:27 am
  • Your goals for yourself sound like ones that I should perhaps work on as well…my big goal for this year is to actually BE more cheerful (especially when it comes to certain people/coworkers and certain policies) rather than simply putting on my outwardly cheerful and happy face. I'm already having to work harder on it than I thought that I would have to work! Fake it until I make it! Good luck to us all…and may our students and coworkers never even know how hard we have to try.

    September 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm
  • Ahhh, very good words. I gave up talking about people for lent for the last two years, because I had/have just gotten too carried away with just what you say — focusing on what everyone else is doing wrong. Your words are good for me to contemplate and attempt. Thank you!

    September 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm
  • It's not ALL flowers and sausages, but sometimes, it is! πŸ™‚ Here's to finding the flowers…

    September 3, 2010 at 7:04 pm
  • Thank you, thank you, thank you to your positive posts (although I was drawn to your blog for the not-so-positive stuff, so keep that up too). I think my quote is the same one on your kitchen windowsill but I'm trying to work on that. My goal for the year is to keep the summer energy up ALL year.

    Also, I have a great quote from a Barbara Kingsolver novel that I TRY to follow:

    "I've always found people love you best if you can laugh at your own foolish misfortunes and keep mum about everyone else's"

    September 4, 2010 at 12:37 am
  • I'm totally with you on this. I think it's in the water. I've done a similar new school resolution post as well.

    September 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm

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