Who of us hasn’t dealt with the “it’s not fair” syndrome? I mean personally, not just hearing from students.
I was thinking of this recently when I got bit by the bug – again. It is a sickness worse than the flu bug. And highly contagious to boot. How can I avoid this illness and keep from exposing others to this vicious virus? Is there a way to strengthen my immune system against it?
Here is an idea – how about doing a backwards twist, and making a list? It looks like this:
The list goes on and on.
Doing this twists my thinking in good ways! It cracks open the door of my heart inviting seeds of gratitude to enter, to sprout, and to grow. I start focusing on all I have rather than what I don’t have. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this seems like a great time to pass on this life-giving idea to my (mostly grateful, but still susceptible) students.
I need to start by telling them my stories, recounting the items on my list before asking them to record a minimum of ten such statements in their Bible sketch books. I can demonstrate this twist of what’s not fair, and aim to strengthen immunity against the it’s-not-fair bug in me and my classroom.