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A “To Be” List

Last week as I was trying to keep everything straight, I made a “To Do” list.  I was reminded of an article my mom shared with me about a year ago about a woman who started concentrating on “To Be” lists instead of “To Do” lists.  The gist of the article was about living in a powerful way.  Instead of focusing on all of the things we need to do, we ought to focus on the way we want to be, the way we want to live. 

When I’m reminded of little things out of the blue, I often chose to act on them.  So I quit making my “To Do” list and made a “To Be” list.  The focus of my “To Be” list was the kind of teacher I want to be.  I filled it with adjectives I hope my students would use to describe me.  What ensued was a powerful list of the way I want to live in my classroom. 

When life is busy it is easy to focus on all the things we need to do.  Next time, take a few extra minutes and focus on the way you want to be.  In fact, take a few minutes right now and jot a list of the kind of educator you want to be.  I’d love to hear some of the items on your list — just leave a comment.  🙂

Ruth Ayres View All

Unhurried. Finding the magic in the middle of living. Capturing a life of ridiculous grace + raw stories.

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  1. Will be doing this and writing it in my WNB…maybe this would be a great way to explain character traits with my kiddos…

    After I do it, I’ll share it…hoping to do it over break…

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