“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus

Since time immemorial, we are bombarded with problems sometimes incomprehensible but always bearable. We seldom ask for dilemmas yet we continuously receive an abundant supply. Perhaps it is the will of destiny but sometimes it is better to imagine it coming from an omniscient being, wanting us to break free from our boundaries and solve every problem that comes our way.

Problems are definitely inevitable. It happens to us every time. It comes our way even when we least expect it. It never lets us escape the reality of the world. But when worse comes to worst, all we have to do is to reluctantly react to whatever comes our way. The quote above tells us that no matter what happens, we should react to the problems and we should also take into consideration the difficulties that lie ahead. But what is important is we react. No matter how big or small, we should not be demoralized by these problems as long as we know how to react.

As teachers, or future teachers, we should know how to react and react quickly we must pay attention to. Our students will most probably ask our advices concerning problems. We should also know how to help them react to these problems. Even though the solution will work or not, the main thing is that we react. Teachers are always pushed to their limits. Imagine it as if you were on a cliff and a man (your problems) is pushing you to the cold and dark abyss under the cliff. If you do not react, you will surely fall and die, or in our case, fail to solve the problems. But if we understand the mechanics of reacting to a dilemma, we have the highest probability to save our lives and continue living on.

When a problem comes our way, the best thing to do is to react and hope for the best. For without reacting, we can’t keep moving forward.

What Students Remember Most About Teachers

You are that difference in their lives.

Pursuit of a Joyful Life

Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall,

I saw you as you rushed past me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside. I noticed that your eyes showed tension. There were faint creases in your forehead. And I asked you how your day was going and you sighed.

“Oh, fine,” you replied.

But I knew it was anything but fine. I noticed that the stress was getting to you. I could tell that the pressure was rising. And I looked at you and made an intentional decision to stop you right then and there. To ask you how things were really going. Was it that I saw in you a glimpse of myself that made me take the moment?

You told me how busy you were, how much there was to do

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