The great thing is, if one can, to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions in one’s “own” or “real” life. The truth is, of course, that what one regards as interruptions are precisely one’s life. ~ C.S. Lewis
I love this quote by C.S. Lewis, but I am terrible at heeding his advice. Too often, I see my daily routine as being plagued by interruptions. Obstacles to getting through my task list. Unexpected challenges to productivity. Ultimately, distractions that lead to frustration and stress.
But, what if, as suggested by Lewis, we (in this case there is certainly an “I” in we) changed our perspective on interruptions and began to view them as they should be…a part of LIFE? What if our required responses to interruptions were no longer viewed as inconveniences, but as opportunities? If we stop viewing interruptions as obstacles to completing “our agenda,” they become possibilities for building and developing a meaningful life story.
- affect positive change
- demonstrate patience and understanding
- problem solve
- help others
- make a difference
As educators, the well-being of our students and colleagues should be the focal point of our professional activities. In most cases, we have a relatively insignificant amount of control over our daily lives and the challenges we face, but we can choose how we respond to “interruptions” and what we make of them–annoyances or opportunities.