What do you do that makes you feel most fully alive? Seems like an ideal first date question… it could be interesting in the week ahead to ask a few people this question even if there are no first dates on the cards!
For some of us it may be that we have a love of our job, pastime, sport or time with our families. All these things may be important to us and give us a sense of purpose, enjoyment or satisfaction in what we do each day. I believe that we are most deeply fulfilled when we find this sense of purpose and meaning and it “banks the resilience” to deal with whatever life may challenge us with.
In the Gospel reading this week it finished by Jesus saying, “I have come so that you they may have life and have it to the full.” This is directed at us and poses the question about how we can respond. We can be inspired by this in some way to explore and find the “definite purpose” God has created us for. The enjoyment is the journey as well as living this out in some way.
This weekend I had a great opportunity to do this by spending 4 days with 145 students and staff doing an activity weekend on the beautiful Dorset coast. You can physically see the journey they embark on – some nervous and anxious about being away from home or taking on new physical or personal challenges. The reality is that every person comes back changed, in some small way, having achieved something or breathed in a new experience in their lives. It was simply fantastic and a joy to be with them to share in this adventure.
I am so grateful to do something that I truly love. I knew the first day I came into teaching that it was what I was meant to do and each day has provided fresh opportunities to learn and grow so I thank the students, families and staff for providing this inspiration.
My sister-in-law noticed a National Teacher Appreciation Day on Facebook which was 9th May. So in honour of all of you who dedicate so much to education, learning and caring so deeply about the young people we serve, simply thank you for making such a difference each and every day. You will never know the everlasting impact of what you do and how far-reaching your impact will be. As the wonderful Maya Angelou said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
So let’s do it… take the challenge and live life to its fullest each and every day. It could be quite a journey!