I put it down to the 10% rule. There is always going to be people who trash the universe. However, it is also mine/your universe too. So I clean it. I set an example, and clean it for all of us, as do others I see occasionally in the schools. Mostly, though, teachers have more pressing things to do, so I do my bit for them, going to great lengths at times. A school is such a (mass) learning environment...
I lived in a caravan at Piha
Do you know where Piha is?
One Sunday, I was walking the beach picking up rubbish.
Rubbish that came in from the sea, yet mostly, rubbish that visitors left behind.
Why do they leave it behind?
'cause they can!
And they do!
I even found a whole apple pie, in a plastic bag dug under the sand. Can’t be bothered taking it!
So I did.
And everyday, twice a day, I picked up rubbish.
Next day, after cleaning the camp’s toilets and showers (for free accommodation), I walked the beach for rubbish and peace and tranquillity and mindfulness. Yah!
I showered and dressed, then waited for my call from the agency, got my school for the day, and off on my 1½ drive to a school in South Auckland.
I was quietly preparing for the day when a little girl came up and said:
“I saw you picking up rubbish off the beach yesterday!”
Someone saw me!
Someone noticed what I was doing?
What do you think she was thinking????
Our teaching days are memorable, if not for ourselves, for the children. Let's grab those memorable moments and give them momentum. Even the negative are learning tools, and hence useful for us. I am so grateful I have noted these moments, and trust you feel the same. Please send me any moments of yours you would like to share. Happy reading!