A former teacher

A former (or maybe not so former) teacher posted something to Facebook that I just read this morning and it made me realize something very important about myself and about that teacher.

I did all that I thought I should have done in school.  I came to class, I did my work to the best of my ability and I tried to be nice to my fellow students.  That was the hardest thing because I am not the most forgiving person.

But the words –

“It is your resilience in conquering the main event — adversity — that truly prepares you for life after school. Because, mark my words, school is not the most challenging time you will have in life. You will face far greater challenges than these. Sure, you will have times more amazing than you can imagine, but you will also confront incomparable tragedy, frustration, and fear in the years to come.”

Hit home.  I am not a resilient person – I do not bounce back from things like I probably should. The perceived failure of my last portfolio. I blamed my teacher for the failure – thinking – telling him that he dropped the ball – and maybe he did to some extent – I don’t know.

I see now with absolute clarity why this teacher put off giving grades on portfolios until the last possible minute.  I added fuel to that fire and for that I apologize.

But anyway – that portfolio prepared me, at least to some extent, for the job I am in now. The schooling prepared me. The teacher is still – albeit remotely – preparing me for the job I am in now.

Everything is connected. I need to be more forgiving. I need to be more resilient. I need to keep working hard because even though the results may not be apparent or immediate they will come.

Until later …