Changing Schools

I am a very fortunate teacher!  The province has issued a brand new school for our area, and they are closing three very old schools and combining them all into one.  It’s an exciting time to think that the students I teach are going to have the state of the art technology and equipment to learn and grow as individuals with this new establishment.

As I see it as an incredible new time for the students of our community, it is a very stressful time for the teachers.  Why, you may wonder?  Well, due to the fact that all these schools are combining and another school in the area received an expansion, the teachers have no idea where they will be placed next year or what they will be teaching.  It’s hard not knowing your future, plus change is always hard at first.

We just had our “Wave Goodbye” celebration for our school, and it was honestly a very sad day.  Many teachers have spent the majority of their teaching career in our building, and now they have to uproot and move to the new school.  Even though everything is new and exciting it still is hard to deal with the changes that face us.

The unknown is difficult in any area of your life, anytime you have to say goodbye to a chapter in your life and start a new one, it is scary.  Maybe you’ve just graduated from university and have no idea what you are going to do with the rest of your life—I remember that feeling well.  Scary!  Or could it be that you are lonely and looking for that special someone to spend the rest of your life with, but there seems to be nobody in your area that is the least bit attractive to you.  Yep, I went through that feeling too!  It could be that you lost a loved one or are going through a break-up, separation or divorce.  Another hard lesson of life, but we all go through it.  Losing loved ones in any manner is probably the hardest of trials to get through!

It’s difficult to go through many different troubles, but it is also things we have to go through to reach a new point in our life.  We have to close our old school to get to the new school with the newest and greatest of everything.  We have to learn to work with new teachers, we have to learn to work for a different principal and vice principal.  We have to learn to deal with parents from another geographic area in our city.  Lots of learning curves, and I am sure there will be many bumps in the road.

Any time you have challenges like this, you have to be grateful for the place you are at in your life and realize that it is just for a certain period of time.  Life will move on and every day you will be closer to figuring out what your new life will be like with these new changes.  Sure, you might always have a hole in your heart for the person or place that you left, but once years pass you will realize just how amazing it was to move on with the new, even though at the time, you felt sad, broken-hearted and devastated with the changes.  Not knowing what your future holds, is terrifying.

In 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 it reassures us, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

I admit, when I go through changes, or adversities, I put a smile on my outer self, while my inner self is a bit on edge, but I am learning to live by this verse and realize that adversities that we are faced with are shaping us and getting us ready for an even better life.  Just like I don’t want to leave my beautiful old school, but I am sure once I get settled into wherever they place me, I will realize all that I was missing at that old school and life.  Things that are unseen are unsettling, but if you just let the changes happen naturally, you will realize that they are what we needed to begin with and you should have made the change long ago.

Be brave, leave the worries behind and let the Divine Creator put you where you are meant to be in the first place.  Don’t fight the change, enjoy it!