As November nears, I am reflecting on a conversation a friend and I had when we were assistant principals together in a middle school. The beginning of a school year is busy, but there was this magical time after conferences and before winter break where there seemed to be a lull. We talked about how we should probably be using this time to get ahead. Once January hits there is almost a feeling of a race to the end. Things move fast, so it would make perfect sense to use this time to get ahead.
But we needed rest. We needed time to just be in our school and in our lives. We needed time with students and teachers. We needed time with family and friends. We needed to recharge. We made a conscious choice not to use the lull to work ahead. (We made the same decision on snow days by the way.) We made the conscious decision to just enjoy the moment.
We did not regret it.
Every job is different, even within one school. People find their lulls at different times of the year based on the work they do or the things happening in their lives. But it is essential to our overall health and well-being that we find them.
If this is a busy time for you, I hope you are able to find a small lull in an otherwise busy week.
If this is not a busy time for you, I hope you able to enjoy the lull.
Busy is an epidemic. Once in a while, we need to be calm and be still to be well.