Perspective and attitude carry a great deal of weight when it comes to behavior.  I need to keep this in mind as I move into the month of December.  Of course my tendency is to speed up.  I work to “fit it all in” and “get it all done”.  Black Friday hits and it feels as though we all jump on a giant-sized hamster wheel racing toward the year’s end.  It is no wonder student behaviors run in extremes in December.  We do it to ourselves.

In contrast, at least for me, Thanksgiving week was peace-filled.  The break didn’t feel frenzied or hurried.  I relaxed and enjoyed time with my family and friends.  Though I did zero school work during the week, I’m pulling some out today in preparation for tomorrow.  For me, the lesson here is about balance.

I celebrate Christmas, so rather than counting down the next 15 school days until the winter break, I’m going to treat the entire month of December as the holiday itself.  I’ll celebrate with colleagues by day, and family in the evenings and on weekends.  My goal is to enjoy the day-to-day journey rather than viewing work as something I have to “get through” in order to get to the next break.  I’m optimistic this small shift in perspective will slow me down and help keep my Grinch-like tendencies at bay.  I hope you have had, and will continue to have, a blessed and happy holiday season.