In the best of times, when asked why you do this work, you might say it’s meaningful and rewarding, but most of all, it brings you joy. I associate joy with things like happiness, delight, cheerfulness.
But when I looked up antonyms for joy, there was this word – calamity. The opposite of joy is calamity!
Listen to the definition of calamity: it’s a disastrous event marked by great loss and lasting distress and suffering. Kind of sounds like the chaos of this school year, doesn’t it?
So how do you not let this be a year of calamity? You prioritize the things that bring you joy.
- Time with family, with friends or alone listening to music
- Planning something with your students that is just for fun
- Treating yourself to a great meal out or just some good chocolate
Don’t let this be a year of calamity. Seek out those things that are guaranteed to bring you joy and pay attention to them, today and everyday!