Feeling Valued

As seen through my screen

Between my two classes, it started snowing and didn’t stop until quite late in the evening. It was that beautiful kind of snow that isn’t blizzard blowing cold, but rather gentle flakes falling to the ground covering up all the slush and dead grass. While my students spent time talking about connectors and phrasal verbs, I casually looked out the window and sung Joni Mitchell’s The River in my head.

Later on, after I had done my Zwifting for the day, I went out to shovel the snow. Despite enjoying winter and snow, this is not my favourite activity. I usually rush it and am disappointed by my efforts. Today, perhaps because I was worn out from exercising, or because I knew I had a hockey game to watch (Spoilers: The Leafs won), I took a different approach. I went for calm methodical rather than a rushed get it done approach that I normally favour. I wasn’t particularly cold, the snow was light and fluffy, I had plenty of time, and my mind was calm. I did a good job and I enjoyed the work, the quiet, and the chance to get outdoors.

I was going to write about these two things as Today’s Perfect Moment, but upon refection, I found something else that made me happier. I found something else that was a much clearer and truer definition of Perfect Moment.

My girlfriend is also an ESL teacher, but owing to a lack of seniority, hasn’t worked very much this year. She has applied for jobs without much success both in the industry and outside the industry. Knowing her as I do, I was quite surprised that people would pass up on hiring her. She’s a dedicated team player who rises to new challenges like no one I have ever seen. She works harder than I do, is more passionate, and brings a lot to the table. (As she reads this blog, I suspect she is blushing at this point). From where I stand, anyone who employed her would get far more than they expected. After every interview, I told her they were all fools and should have taken her on.

Today, she had an interview and was hired onto the supply list. I had felt (and expressed) that it was a lock, but months of disappointment can certainly weigh upon someone. However, when she told me how the demo lesson and the interview went, I could sense that something had changed. She had more confidence and more self worth. It was like seeing her after a great afternoon of teaching. Seeing that, is far and away, Today’s Perfect Moment. We all need to feel valued and it is great when someone else can see it too.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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