As I wandered towards the café to pick up my morning coffee, something on the ground captured my attention. The line markings in the carpark had been repainted in a bright yellow paint. As I walked along, one line marking in particular stood out. I had to take a photo of it. Check it out:
I stopped and looked at this footprint in the paint. I tried to picture the owner of the footprint. Male or female? Young or old? Short or tall? Employed or retired? Happy or stressed out? I wondered if her/she even knew they had left their mark? I wondered if they were even aware of the kind of mark they were leaving? Were they so focused on getting their morning coffee that they didn’t even realise the impact they were having? Have they since noticed the remains of the yellow paint on their shoe?
As a teacher, I regularly remind myself that I am leaving a footprint, a mark, in the lives of the students I teach. I am having an influence. My footprint is unique and I want to uniquely and positively impact my students’ lives. My desire is that I add value to them and encourage them and inspire them to be the best they can be.
This week’s assignment:
What kind of footprint are you leaving in the lives of the students you teach? Remind yourself that youare leaving a mark. Determine that it will be a positive one.
Enjoy the journey,
And more importantly,
Enjoy the moments.