Speaking of thanking God, I've done a lot of that this year. I have a dreamy class, and they couldn't have come at a better time. I've met many a challenge on a yearly basis throughout my career, but last year left me wounded. It didn't make me call into question whether I was in the right profession, but it did mess with my confidence and enthusiasm.
Now I have a class that's like no other, but in the best of ways. It took me until sometime in October to realize that not once had I opened the door at the end of a recess to find complaints and tattles awaiting me. The first one showed up on Halloween. I believe that's a career record.
Of course, we have our little bumps in the road. Like Burgess says, the perfect year doesn't exist. They make mistakes. I make them too. The nice thing is that for the most part, they're responsive to those moments that don't go well. They're teachable, and we move on.
Here's my worry. I don't want to squander this gift. This is especially the year to challenge my own version of status quo. With all my little ducks in a row, I have the perfect opportunity to stretch myself. I'm pleased to say I've made a few experimental changes that will probably take most of the year to perfect, yet my gut continually sends out warning signals: Yes, enjoy the moment, but do not let yourself get stuck in contentment. Don't squander this gift.