“Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

We can see many things around us that can spark fears within us. The world is full of news clips of scary and daunting stories to reach our minds, sending signals of fear. How do we respond to this?

I turn off the world's noise and limit the time I am exposed to media outlets. I may sometimes miss out on a news item that happens at the moment, but I can easily catch up. Prioritizing my exposure to the fears, negativity, and troubles helps me focus on what I need to accomplish daily.

Life is Difficult

There is no phrase to speak truthfully to everyone, “Life is Difficult.” My sister-in-law and brother-in-law introduced a company to me titled “Life is Good.” I have several T-shirts and a hat from this company. The focus on positivity is exactly what I believe in, but I do not want myself or others to ignore the ‘unspoken fears” of those around us.

As an educator, I spent half my career with middle school students. This is an age where many things happen in life for them. Many transitions occur, and “life is difficult” for them as they believe their world is shattered when a change occurs. At times you will find they will not talk about any situations, keep things to themselves, and shut those who care about them the most out. However, they keep those social media platforms going even though they may be the source of the pain they feel.

What to do?

Helping to find the courage to face fears is a significant first step in focusing on the solution. “Unspoken fears” are those as educators; we need to watch for and to provide environments where students, staff, and families feel safe as well as good about where they are.

Comprehensive approaches to support the needs of those we serve are needed in the educational system as we move forward. One glove does not fit all, and meeting children where they are will help identify specific needs. Today is full of opportunities! Be the solution daily for others!

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:18

We live in a world of overstimulation to our senses, and a noise level to drown out the sounds to calm our souls, find a quiet time to hear what we need to listen to. The visibility of our world provides images I care not to see many times. For the last several years, I have turned off the television and opted for silence while working at home. I can then hear the sounds echo in my house from the outside world of pure nature.

Not everyone can do this because of their location. However, we can choose the sounds we welcome into our space. In addition, we can also decide the focus we will have on how we view our world.

The view from my space

The little corner of your world is created by how you decide you want your space to be. Right now, take a look around. Pick up an object from your area. What does it mean to you? Why is it in your space? I have a little sign that reads: “the good things in life are better with you,” If I look up, I have a sign my daughter and grandchildren made. “Family is life’s greatest blessing.” The birds in the picture represent each grandchild with their thumbprint to create a heart on their bird.

My corner is also full of books! I love holding a book in my hand with post-it notes, pencils, and highlighters to enjoy. It can get messy on occasion, but it is my little corner.

When I choose, I can look at the news from different sources and see a focus on many things. What is unseen by many is the many things we have lost over time and the changes which happen over time as we “allow” them to happen. I have had the opportunity to do more reading, research, and gather information. I stumbled across the work of Peter F. Drucker. He is the author of several books I have not completed reading: The Age of Discontinuity, The Unseen Revolution: How Pension Fund Socialism Came to America, and many others. I enjoy reading books from all periods and genres.

The Age of Discontinuity is the one I am reading through currently. Publication of this book occurred in 1968 and a much different period. “Our time, all of us would agree, is a time of momentous changes-in politics and in science, in world view, and more, in the arts and warfare.”-The Age of Discontinuity. You could read that quote in a book written for the period we are living in now.

Another comparison I will share is: “Government is certainly all-pervasive. But is it solid? Or is it only big? There is mounting evidence that government is big rather than strong; fat and flabby rather than powerful; that it costs a great deal but does not achieve much.”-The Age of Discontinuity pg. 212. You will find this in the chapter titled The Sickness of Government.

What is unseen?

Time. We cannot see it, but it goes by quickly.

Sound. We cannot see sound with our eyes but hear or feel it.

Stars. We can only see them at night if there are clear skies.

Love. We see images and interpretations and read words, feel it. Do you see it enough?

Are there examples you have? I began with a quote from the Bible, which is a beautiful example. We walk by our faith, not by our sight, in our belief in not this life but our eternal life. These days walking on our path in our life journey, we need to pay close attention to what is not heard and what is unseen. Deception, depression, and discouragement will find ways in our daily lives when we are not looking and listening.

“But the society of organizations may offer greater opportunities for meaningful, effective, responsible freedom than earlier society. Whether they will be realized depends on what we do rather than what “they,” the institutions do. We face a period of hard new thinking on the political structure of society and the position and role of the individual in it.”-The Age of Discontinuity, pg. 260

Be the solution daily in a world that needs you! Learning from the past, living in the present, and building the future depends on looking through the lenses of many. Truth is always discovered when all of the stones are turned over. Enjoy reading a book today! Learn something new! Create a craft to share with someone. Vote when you have the opportunity to do so. Speak up with a voice of wisdom, truth, positive thoughts, and facts. Nothing is solved when voices are raised and asked to escalate to violence or to ignore the laws of our land. It is the voice of reason, democracy, and learning how to handle situations without blowing the candles out of others to try to shine brighter.

If we do not have a balance in our systems, our system will fail. When the system fails, life as we once knew it would no longer exist. It is time to see with our own eyes the truth before us and to live as we understand we should in a country founded on God we trust. Life, Liberty, and at this time, law and order. We must get back to safety for all.

How to feel safe?

Feeling safe is the most critical need we have at this time in our schools and communities. I have worked hard to find the solutions to help to build safety in educational settings, with support for families and communities. We can work now to put into practice several things to help bring safety back to what we know is our priority in helping our children feel good and safe in their environments.

Work or Play?

Do you think there is a difference between work and play? Should there be a difference? What makes it different? My husband was always amazed at how I would jump up early and excited about going to work. I love getting up early and greeting the day, which is always full of opportunities. You need to love what you do!

Get to the point

Communication is an essential tool in your toolbox. If you struggle to communicate your point clearly to your audience in a timely fashion, they have moved on in the world of scrolling. Get to the point, your punch line or your hook for your readers in your first few words. If you do not capture the reader's attention or interest, the point you want to make is lost on the pages it fills.

Raise the Bar

Do we need to raise the bar or lower it? How does this affect our standards? If you are working in a particular field or area and people are not reaching the current established levels set, what is the solution? Change the level, change the preparation, change the assessment or maintain the level? What is the solution?

Motivate, Inspire and Encourage

Every day is an opportunity to help someone. One small act of encouragement can change the direction of the day; a little motivation moves us forward, and when we can inspire, we open the doors to possibilities.

We have Father’s Day and Juneteenth coming up to celebrate. Each day we can find gratitude and ways to celebrate our lives. Choose to have gratitude daily.

You accomplished when others failed

The purpose of this daily blog is to remember when others were busy finding problems; you were finding solutions. Problems are so easy to find; when solutions are found, answers replace the questions. Ask why before jumping to how!

Fill up your cup

Somehow a habit was formed over time to have a coffee each morning. It began with a cup filled with sugar, cream, and just a hint of coffee more than thirty-six years ago. Today, it is a cup full of coffee with two tablespoons of French vanilla cream each morning. We have added a cup of decaffeinated coffee in the evenings but do not have it every night.

Forming habits over time can happen without really noticing, but you can be intentional in those you want to form. One I love to explore is vocabulary. If we look at the words we use, the power in our words, and our abilities to grow in our language knowledge, we are better at serving others. Let’s think about filling our cups with knowledge of the language. The first word we will look at is authority.

Highly Effective

Are you looking forward to this week? I am looking to find a better way to provide a more explicit message and focus. I would like to have shorter, concise messages and more resources, tools, and strategies. It seems life can bring many unexpected distractions, challenges, concerns to your table when you are not ready to be served all of these dishes.

Usually, I can be focused and ready to handle all life me. However, I find myself a little off-balanced and not highly effective as I have been in the past. What is the difference? Why am I finding it difficult? Are you facing issues like this?

One constant in the sea of changes I will always have is my authenticity. No matter where I am, who I speak to, or the environment, I am always me! Be who you are, not who others want you to be.

"I only have 2 rules!"
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