Thanksgiving to me has never been anything special.
Coming from outside of the U.S, it has never been something that I have really “celebrated”. In New Zealand, it is not a public holiday or a chance to celebrate and be thankful as a nation.
Because of this I have never really understood the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
Until now …..
My new job in an American international school in Singapore has brought me all sorts of positive benefits and exciting opportunities.
For the first time in my career, I get a 4 day weekend to give thanks! To celebrate those in my life that I am thankful for! For the first time, I have been able to stop and think about what really matters to me.
Added to this, and what has given me a wealth of inspiration to write this post, are the thoughts of those killed and injured in the tragic acts of terror around the world recently. Also, to their families and friends who have lost something important to them that can never be replaced.
“You don’t realise how lucky you are until it’s all gone”. A quote from a Mother who lost her Son in the tragic events in Paris recently.
This made me think: Be thankful for what I have and tell people!
Here is a list of just some of the things that I am thankful for:
- my parents for bringing me up in a positive and loving environment and being my role models in life
- my stunning wife for loving me, believing in me and supporting me through thick and thin
- my gorgeous daughter who brings joy to my world every day and gives me “truck-loads” of inspiration to be better – she brightens up my world
- my friends for being honest and being loving, caring and kind …. no matter what
- my colleagues for inspiring me to be better and leading the way in education
- the leaders in schools I have worked who have taught me so much and have invested so much time in my growth and development
- my incredible PLN for engaging, collaborating and supporting my learning journey online 24/7
- the students I have taught and continue to teach for embracing life and tackling challenges and learning with a positive attitude
- the families that I have come across in my career that have embraced me as an educator and as a person and have given so much to my growth as an educator, a leader and a person
- the many cultures I have lived amongst over the last few years that have embraced me and given me opportunities to learn and grow
So ….. All of this has made me want to spread thanks and encourage others to do the same. This week we are taking a break from #whatisschool so we can give thanks to those we love and spend time with our families and friends. In replace of our chat we will be running a slow chat with 5 questions Monday – Friday. Those questions are:
Monday –> What are you most thankful for in your life?
Tuesday –> Who influenced you the most and how? Thank them now.
Wednesday –>What is one change you would be thankful to see in the world?
Thursday –> Share your joy with a message of thanks, encouragement or inspiration right now.
Friday-Sunday –> Who are you thankful for in the Twitterverse? Who makes a difference in what they tweet?
Thank you for what you do and thank you for supporting my growth as an educator! YOU ROCK!