Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A New Page

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Yesterday, was my first day at a new school. It was orientation week and only the new teachers were there along with the administrators. It took us around an hour and a half by taxi to get to where we were supposed to be.

BUT...

I must admit that I did not mind spending those hours with my kids in the taxi as it provided me with a way out... a way to release and stop thinking about the mixed feelings I was experiencing starting a new page in my life. I spent the long drive reading about exotic animals with my son and giggling at my daughter's goofiness. I reached the school premises and immediately felt a soothing wave  of calmness wash over me... I could do this!

Thankfully, my kids provided me with a way away of my nervous thoughts... like walking a path through a peaceful forest.

I reached the school and felt at ease with everyone... cracking jokes... I was chilled... relaxed... asking people questions about their lives... where they have been and what they were doing with their lives up until that point.... I must admit, again, that establishing connections with like minded people... people who were going through a new experience just like myself, provided me with a sense of relief... I am not in this boat alone... I figured that they might be just as nervous or excited as I was... 

Finding some common ground between people helps to establish connections and relieve whatever stress one might be going through.... I believe that is one reason why I find blogging so inviting... a tool to relieve my stress... I like finding common interests... experiences...and much more with people around the world... makes the world feel like a whole lot smaller... it provides me with a better image of the world than those pasted on the front cover of a newspaper or on breaking news on TV.

9 comments:

Birdie said...

I find blogging so much better than any news station or paper.
I am excited for you to start your new job. I am looking forward to the stories! Kids are so much fun!\

Ofelia said...

Being in a place that you feel calm and that you look forward to come to work and to spend time with your students and co workers is a gift from the gods.

Shopgirl said...

I'm so glad to hear you are making new connections at the new school. I agree with you on blog too, there are wonderful connections made, in the making and to be made.

Tabouleh said...

How sweet of you all to read and write a comment... thank you..I love making connections... with colleagues... students... Internet people...they all come into our lives for a reason and become good friends...

paula devi said...

How great that you are settling in to your new school and connecting with people. I also love meeting new people and hearing their stories. Fascinating isn't it and amazing how many people our hearts can hold.

paula devi said...

so weird. i see that all my comments to you that i made last night didn't go through....

i'm so happy that you felt so comfortable from the start in your new school. Lana, what do you teach and to what ages. Teaching was the best job I ever had (aside from Reiki). I love finding out about people and hearing their stories. No mattr who we are, we always have so much in common.

Tabouleh said...

Sorry sweet Paula... after that incident with the awful comment I decided to moderate the comments before I publish them and I was away for a day and only just came back... and so I am sorry... they are published now and I am glad that I have two of every one... which means you took the time to write them again... that means the world to me... you are a gem! God Bless you!

Sazan said...

Update us of how it is with your new students and school. I envy those who you teach!!!!
Teaching is the best job you could ever have. I am just upset that our teachers, in my part of the world, are not always in love with their jobs, they aren't creative or they aren't the type who give the extra effort to build themselves and the methods of their teaching, which is unfortunate.

Tabouleh said...

oh how sweet was that lovely Sazan... thank you.... There are many inspirational teachers in our area...but you are right... I wish there were more... I had a few that I swear by and always go to them for advice... well used to when I was in Jordan... and others, well as every student has experience, I do not wish to remember... I love teaching... I love the students... and care for them as my own... at university they warned us not to get emotionally involved with the students and allow their problems to affect us but I cannot do that... never have... the students are my kids... that si what I call them and everything they go through affects me... if I do not address it then I will not see any improvement... I love building a rapport with my students...