This is one of the hardest and most excellent questions I know.
When things aren’t quite going to plan, or I’m feeling frustrated, this one usually sorts me out.
It helps me to recognise what I can and could do to resolve things. Sometimes, I’m helpless and have to get on/put up with whatever it is, but asking this question doesn’t half make that easier to realise!
I want teaching to be less stressful. I want teachers to feel that working their contracted hours is more than enough to be a good-enough teacher. I want Ofsted to disband. I want league tables to be consigned to the dust-bin of bad ideas (along with Universal Credit, the expression “moving forwards” and bananas).
Resilience implies that I’ve been ill and got better or bounced back from some adversity.
I’d much rather not get ill, or challenge that adversity head-on and make a change.
I don’t want to be resilient.
1st January is rather arbitrary for a beginning, isn’t it? It has no solar/seasonal significance and doesn’t even fit with any ancient religious stories.
As far as I can tell, there’s no reason other than Julius Caesar decreed 1st January to be the start of the year on the introduction of his calendar (until c. 45BC the year started in March) and this was retained on the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582.
So, thanks to Julius and Pope Gregory XIII, that makes 31st December an ending.
But an ending of what?
Life and all its idiosyncrasies continues: it will be as good, bad and indifferent in 2019 as it was in 2018.
Frankly, it’s all any of us can be.
Some will like us; some won’t.
Either way, that’s ok!
My excellent friend and colleague Joanna (see her fabulous work) once reminded me that I can do anything, not everything.
I’m struggling to fit in my running training at the moment. I’m doing the bits I consider hard (speed work, hills etc.), but there’s been no sensible time to do my long runs for the last couple of weeks and it’s unlikely I’ll have time this week.
So, I have some options:
1. I can change my training plan (so it was never on the plan, so I don’t have to do it)
2. I can fit it in somewhere else (often a very bad idea, as it could mean over-training)
3. I can give myself permission to ‘not do’ it.
I’m choosing option 3.
I wonder if teachers, facing the epic ‘to do’ lists of the last few days of term, can find it in themselves to do the same?