17 May


My principal spent part of a day last week, stopping in each classroom to let teachers know where they’d be next year. My team isn’t changing and it is the first time in 5 years, I am staying put. Same room, same curriculum. That’s not to say I won’t do some things differently next year; it will be fine tuning rather than radical change.

So, it seems to be a good time to reflect on my 2016 One Little Word: contentment. In January, my rationale for choosing this word was this:

Having worked hard to “get what I wanted” I want to take some time to relax and enjoy whatever comes my way. Although I greatly enjoyed serving on the Morris Committee, I want the serendipity of reading whatever I find at the library. Now that I have the job I sought so actively, I want to enjoy being that teacher.

I am an introvert by nature and I think a lot of 2015 put me out of my comfort zone. I had to be more extroverted than I am by nature. I want to reclaim my introversion and just be happy with what I have, where I live and work. I am sure I will find something that will catch my fancy and will let it sweep me up, but for now, I am content with life and I just want to embrace that for a while.

We have 5-1/2 weeks of school left and I am feeling very comfortable in my new school. I embraced my new job, letting is sweep me up and it has been a good year. Contentment implies a simplicity and an ease of mind. As the year winds down, I am not worried about where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing in the next school year and that definitely brings me peace of mind.

10 Responses to “Contentment”

  1. Christine Baldiga May 17, 2016 at 5:52 am #

    I feel contentment just reading your post! Savor the moments!

  2. blkdrama May 17, 2016 at 6:38 am #

    BRAVO!!! Seems like you totally embrace your summer break to come!!!

  3. Linda Baie May 17, 2016 at 7:02 am #

    Love the serendipity of your word, ‘contentment’. It appears that you chose well, Adrienne. How nice to know where you’re going to be next year.

  4. lisaorchard1 May 17, 2016 at 7:52 am #

    I love your word! We have to remember as we strive toward our goals to be content with our journey. It’s hard to remember that sometimes. Thanks for reminding me. 🙂

  5. elsie May 17, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    There’s a lot to be said for peace of mind! Life is good!

  6. aggiekesler May 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm #

    Such a peaceful, calm post! I love being content…glad you found yours!

  7. terierrol May 17, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    So happy to read of your contentment. Enjoy this peace.

  8. arjeha May 17, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    Great to know that next year you can tweak instead of starting anew. Contentment – worth smiling about.

  9. Cheriee Weichel May 17, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

    There is nothing so satisfying as knowing where you are and making plans for how you can make it better. Contentment is something I love for sometimes…

    • Cheriee Weichel May 17, 2016 at 8:07 pm #

      that should have been long for, not love…

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