New Beginnings: I Need a Purple Door

This month I am the host for Spiritual Thursday bloggers. Welcome.

I have not been posting, perhaps this is a new beginning. But I can’t promise because I have a whole lot of new happening.t The theme is new beginnings.

New grade level, new subject matter, new science standards, new room. The list of things I have to do to feel like I’m ready is long and the days left to get ready are getting fewer and fewer.

After complaining to my daughter about “not being ready,” she offered me advice that sounded vaguely familiar. “You have to decide what is a want versus a need and do the needs first,”


She’s right.

I want to repaint the walls and the bookshelves. I’ve found the just-right silver-tinged gray and a purple that will be perfect on the door. Want not need? Wasted time?

My old classroom was far from perfect, but it was home.  I believe I need a classroom to be a home.  It creates a mood that makes a difference.

I told my daughter all of that.

She didn’t agree with my want versus need analysis, but took pity on me and offered to sand and paint the bookshelves.

I accepted.

I know there is no amount of time, work or paint I can apply that can make me feel ready. At some point, doing something new requires a leap.  The acceptance that it won’t be perfect and that I won’t know everything is a difficult pill to swallow.  But, it will be easier with a pretty purple door.

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