This article is part of
Vol. 1, issue 1 (Fall 2021)
of EngagED Learning magazine.
By Myra Auvergnat-Ringuette
“Never forget to enjoy what you are doing. It is my passion for space exploration that has helped me keep motivated and that brings me happiness every day that I come to work.”Farah Alibay, https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/people/3065/farah-alibay/
“What we know matters but what we are matters more.”Brene Brown
“What if we collectively decided that in Quebec we’re going to have the healthiest educators on the planet? I understand that there’s a part of our work that we don’t control, but most of it, yes, we do. This essential is us! »Pierre Gagnon in his blog post Et si on changeait de vitesse? on Ludoka.ca
I’m still hesitant to say out loud what I’m about to share with you, but the 2020-2021 school year has been one of the best of my career. As uncertainty and frustration seemed to creep into every crack in my life, I decided to apply a very simple principle. Generally, this is an inspiring principle – especially when read on Instagram accompanied by a background image of the rising sun with a girl balancing on one leg – but which is not always easy to put into application.
I chose to control what I could and send the rest…to yoga!
Far be it from taking credit for my well-being from the amazing people around me, but I am the first person responsible for how I wanted to live this past year. And to do that, I chose to put myself at the top of my priority list. I made choices for ME and inevitably those choices have had a positive impact on my environment and the people in it.
So that will be my mantra this year:
I control my physical and mental state by moving, getting enough sleep, and being aware of what is going on between my two ears.
I control the actions and words used in class in order to positively influence my students’ progress.
I control the passion that inhabits me by fueling this fire, without putting my hand into it.
And what will your mantra be?