And it’s right inline with my current obsession. I am on a new kick. And it’s really simple. JOY and HAPPINESS. I like being happy! I like to feel joy! I want to feel even more of it and I want to share it with others! This may sound really obvious, but it wasn’t always obvious to me. I had to shed some layers and get really vulnerable to allow myself to feel how much I like being happy.
I feel it slowing shifting my work with the kids in my outdoor programs. While I hold down the boundaries and container of day to day life (wiping noses, reminding them to clean up after themselves, holding them after they fall, telling them it’s lunch time, getting them to sit and listen to a story) my eyes are looking for something new….looking for the sparkle of joy in their eyes.
And when I see it, I let my eyes reflect it back freely. I smile along, I check out what they are into and follow the threads that light them up.
At the end of the day, as I reflect on the day and I consider how I did…was the curriculm inspiring? Did I hold them emotionally? Is there something I could do better tomorrow? I ask myself, did I see their eyes sparkle today? Did they giggle? Laugh? Run freely? Did a smile spread across their face that melted my heart?
Cause that’s what I am going for.
After all, “Education is not the filling of a pale, but a lighting of a fire.” William Butler Yeats