Perhaps we can achieve great things at a higher level with more finesse, when we prioritize our inner groundedness.
When I close my eyes, I find peace in remembering the sounds of the ocean...moreso than in the sounds of other people's affirmations.
But until that happens, until our school schedules are changed to better honor the humanity of both students and educators, we need to find a way to be OK. To be more than OK. To be at peace.
Children become adults who carry how we made them feel in their hearts for the rest of their lives. That's powerful. To matter that deeply in the lives of others. To matter that deeply in someone's future. We can be daunted by that or we can see it has an opportunity to be the good.
Kids are watching us, and if they see us trying and growing and loving ourselves through that process, they are more likely to do the same.
Whereever you need to go to sit with it, make space. Make space for your feelings flow. So you can see yourself and the world more clearly. So you can make space for others. So you can get out there and make this world better.