Now many of you are irritated that the David Bowie song is flitting through your head. Don’t be annoyed, be happy with it! Change is a mantle to be worn with grace, embrace it. Do not let it burden you, suffocate you, extinguish your light.
I speak from experience. Our lives are full of changes, some minor and some not. Change is a constant. Even though I know that, and accept change, it’s not always easy. This school year has been a challenge. Over the past few years, a handful of my most treasured colleagues have retired. This past June one of my stalwart supporters retired and yesterday our veteran office manager retired. Yes, it’s paved the way for exciting and young teachers with fresh ideas. I still miss my colleagues. But I let change be a burden to me and it did briefly extinguish my desires and passions. I’m taking it all back, it’s flowing through me like fresh, clean water. My eyes are no longer hooded and clouded.
This morning there was frost on the fields adjacent to my classroom. To look out the windows here as the sun is coming up, glinting on the smoky-colored grass is awe inspiring. And it solidified within me the desire to continue to baby step my way through more changes. People come and people go. I treasure any of those who walk beside me and with me through this challenging landscape of life.