Fear is my enemy. I’ve heard it said that I should keep my friends close & my enemies closer so I like to study my opponent any chance I get. I discovered something about fear this morning that I never realized. It turns out that fear can be your loudest cheerleader if that’s what it takes!
If I asked you what fear whispers to you our answers would, no doubt, be similar:
-Who are you to do that?
-What will your friends & family think if you attempted that?
-You have failed every time you’ve tried that before?
-You’ll do that one day. Now’s just not the right time.
Oh, yes, Fear can be a bully! Read the rest of this entry
We do not form parades that culminate at the center of a city for a brash display of military might to proclaim the power of a specific leader.
I was in Nicaragua a few years back and saw a caravan of buses heading to Managua to celebrate their version of Independence Day. The tone was aggressive & smelled a lot like a political rally. That’s how most countries actually celebrate themselves if they celebrate at all. There’s something different about America.
-The 4th of July is about picnics and poolsides. While young children toss a baseball in the backyard their parents laugh & recant those old, familiar stories they shared last year.
-It is about crowded beaches and the tell-tale hue of too-pink skin as the sun descends into the horizon and the kids lay open-mouthed asleep in the back seat after a very long day.
-July 4th is about a day of rest, family & aversion to the responsibilities of our day-to-day.
Independence day in America does not serve as a militaristic reminder of power & authority but, rather, it bears the real fruit of authentic Freedom…
If you’re anticipating some negative rant about why I hated teaching then you’ve come to the wrong place. Here’s the truth:
I never intended to leave teaching and I miss those kids a LOT.
Here’s another Truth: This has been the most fulfilling year of my life!
Today is the day I’d be walking into school with my comfy flip-flops and a baseball cap and checking off those final things on my ‘End of Year’ list. I would arrive a bit late to my empty-ish classroom, wait for my check-out appointment and then head back into my classroom for one last, nostalgic look before heading off into FREEDOM.
For 15 years I’ve been looking forward to this day, but this year I simply call it, Friday.
Most people will never understand why I retired. It’s easy to dismiss my decision to a selfish desire to chase money or fame or restlessness. Those who never took the time to really know me still think I retired for those reasons.
The truth is that I grew weary of only being able to open the gate towards freedom when someone else decided it was time to open it. I never, for a minute, had a problem with the folks I was in the field with or the gatekeeper who opened & shut the gate each day. That’s the system I signed up for. I just grew weary of THAT system. For the first time in 2012-13 I’ve had the privilege to experience the Freedom of Summer all year!
I never intended to leave the teaching profession but I’m thankful that I did. Here are a few reasons why?
-I watched a slide show the other day of my son’s 1st grade year in review. Guess who was in every field trip & classroom centers pic. Daddy!
– I got to drop off AND pick up the kids everyday. I got to wipe the tears AS THEY FELL when they were hurt on the outside or within. WIN!
– I had the privilege of bringing my children lunch and simply sitting with them in the middle of a typical day!
– I had plenty of time to coach people through their weight loss, active, fitness & financial transformations with Visalus! Where I used to call this a job it is now my full-time Business. It is MY responsibility to open & shut the gates.
– I had the privilege of going on countless dates with my bride whenever I felt like it! We prayed, talked, strategized, cried & frustrated the snot out of each other more times than I can count. But we experienced all this TOGETHER!!!
In short, I experienced the freedom I’ve been longing for.
Many thanks to all who’ve supported me on this journey.
The best is YET to come!