As the first quarter of 2020 draws to a close, I sit back and reflect about all of the ambition I had just three short months ago. The new decade was ripe with possibility. #2020vision was a trending hashtag on social media posts across the globe. Personal visions seemed clarified. Professional aspirations were articulated and clear. It was a time of hope and empowerment as a new decade was launched.
Now, on March 30, we find ourselves mid-quarantine, and the news just came out a few hours ago that all Arizona schools would remain closed for the school year. What started as a well-planned, quiet Monday morning, fresh with clear-cut to-dos and ambition, suddenly became inundated with tear emoji texts and sad Facebook posts. Devastated. At a loss. Ripped wide open. And those are just the ones relayed to me in passing. I haven't yet dared to look with my own eyes.
Before the news hit this morning, I sent out our "Daily Big 3", inspired by Michael Hyatt, a leadership mentor who has been sending out daily communication to support leaders during these changing times. Our Big 3 focuses on three things that teachers can do to support the transition to working from home, and three "nitty gritty" to-dos to support success in teaching today. On both our personal and professional Big 3 today, I mentioned having grace with yourself and monitoring and adjusting our plans accordingly. Clearly, these are no one's intentional plans. I would be hard-pressed to believe that a three-month hiatus from socialization or work and school were on anyone's 2020 vision boards. But this is our new reality, and we must respond accordingly.
What Does Grace Look Like?
It's all good and well for me to say to my (rather) distraught staff who have unexpectedly transitioned to teaching from home, "Have grace with yourself." And superficially, I think we all have a general idea of what that means. Be good to yourself. Be kind to yourself. Give yourself a little extra self-love. #selfcaresaturday and all that jazz. But what does living with grace actually look like? It would help us to first explore the different ways in which grace can play out in our daily lives.
Linger a Little Longer: