A Letter to My Brain


Dear Brain,

I know you love our job.  Teaching is a great mix of all the things you enjoy most: reading, writing, planning, and problem-solving.  But really, you gotta take a break sometimes.  Waking up in the middle of the night and thinking about school?  Not okay.  Spending the weekend pondering scheduling and staffing — stuff that’s way beyond our pay grade anyway?  Not cool.

If you want to solve a problem, figure out how to stop thinking about school.  Remember when you tried to work just 40 hours a week?  What happened to that?  Did you determine it’s not possible?  Is it the emotional side of you that took over, wanting to prove yourself and be appreciated?  To be a SuperTeacher?  Is it pride?  Or did your enjoyment for the work overwhelm your desire for balance?

On Sunday mornings at 6:30 a.m., we shouldn’t be sending an email full of ideas to the boss.  We should be enjoying a Sabbath.  We shouldn’t spend the weekend so mentally exhausted by school that doing housework seems an insurmountable task.

So, Brain, let’s keep doing good work, but let’s be careful not to allow it to overwhelm us.  Because if we do, we won’t last in this profession.  And we might just fall apart altogether.

Love, Me.


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