You don’t know this about me, but I am just a tad bit obsessed with clouds. Seriously. Clouds are so amazing.
I know we have all had experience when we get lost in the moment looking up at them in wonder…but I have those moments all of the time. All. Of. The. Time.
People that know me often get a chuckle out of finding me standing still, staring up, lost in the clouds (and usually taking pictures of them…thus the background to the blog).
There is just something about them. Something peaceful. Something majestic. Something beautiful.
Little momentary masterpieces laid out in the sky just for me to see.
So…I love looking at clouds. I do it a lot. The struggle is real.
What is my point?
As much as I love looking at clouds, I miss them more than I see them.
That hit me today as I was driving. There was a perfectly blue sky with perfect little puffs all over the place…and I felt nothing.
No sense of wonder. No amazement. No awe.
I had so much on my mind. So much to do. So much work. So much life. So much everything.
No room for clouds.
I was surrounded by sights that I normally find fascinating…but I could not see them. The much of life crowded out the beauty of living.
And isn’t that our life as teachers.
We love teaching. We love the time we get to spend with students. Seeing them learn. Seeing them grow. Seeing them becoming who they are going to be.
And we love the moments. Those AHA moments. Those teachable moments. Those becoming better people moments.
We live for those moments. We can get lost in thinking about those moments.
And yet we miss them all of the time.
We have so much to think about. So much to do. So much work. So much life. So much extra. So much everything.
No room for those momentary masterpieces that happen every day in our classroom.
I am not sure how we get time or mental space for moment-gazing, but I know that I want to prioritize trying to see the moments.
We teach in an endless sky of momentary masterpieces…we just have to remind ourselves to see them!
I don’t have a lot of suggestions on the how, but I think I want to get in the habit of taking mental pictures, much like I do with actual pictures of clouds, and start writing down the moments so I can remember them later.
What do you think? Do you agree that we miss out on moment-watching? Do you have any suggestions on how to watch for them more all the while doing all of the much we have to do?
I know you make those awesome moments everyday because you are an awesome teacher! I know you try to see them, and I hope that you will be able to find the time to see more of them. They are there, I promise! You rock! Keep on teaching, Teacher!