Sometimes things happen in life that really center you. And lately I've been having a lot of those moments, the ones that put everything in perspective.
I attended the funeral of one of my favorite teachers in elementary school this week. She was an incredible teacher and she liked our class so much that she decided to teach us a 2nd year, so we were lucky enough to have her for 3rd and 4th grade. I'll never forget how we kept a gratitude journal and everyday, we wrote down 3 things we were thankful for. Or how we would ask her how to spell something and she would say "L-e-x-i-c-o-n" which meant dictionary (I use that ALL the time with my brother and sister). Or how she had a really fun nickname for every kid in the class and called me by that name well throughout my college years. Those little things are things you never forget, no matter how much time has passed. I try not to be too sad about her passing, she was a wonderfully humorous teacher who would like nothing more than for us to think happy thoughts and probably share a joke or two in her honor. So Miss Stevens, thanks for the wonderful memories and for being one of the best teachers I ever had.
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There are other things happening in our lives lately that really emphasize the meaning of family to me. I'm making a promise to myself today that no matter what, I will forgive my family. And I will force them to forgive me. No matter how hard life gets, I will do anything to keep us close because they are the reason behind all my successes. My family is everything to me and I know that if I fail at EVERYTHING else (career, status, finances, etc) my greatest achievement will be the close ties I have to them (and hopefully the family I build someday!). *Note to self: Evani, when you're so steamin' mad at your family for anything, anytime for the rest of your life, come back to this paragraph and read it!*
It's so easy to get caught up in the hectic pace of life, chasing a career, status and seeking purpose but feeling centered is the best way to hone back in on the things that matter most.
Did you ever have a teacher that made a big impact on you?
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.