It’s time for a side story. So, last year I was teaching a really amazing course that I loved and one that I like, but could live without. Then I got the opportunity to teach another interesting course, and because I like challenges, I thought it would be great to have the class I love and an exciting, new course to learn and teach. Well, I found out that instead of replacing the course that I could live without with the new course, they decided to take away the course that I loved teaching. The one silver lining was that I would not have to proctor any tests at the end of the year. Fast forward to yesterday, when, much to my chagrin, I found out I was proctoring three. I hemmed and hawed. I shot off a very nice e-mail with a plea for help. Not because it was inconvenient or unexpected, but because it would interfere with the education of my students through the end of the semester. I got a response that I could find a better place to teach my classes, but not get out of proctoring, so that I could teach my classes. I was frustrated, but I decided that I would not lose sleep over it. I prayed about it and went to bed.
I got to school and saw one of my friends and immediately began to complain. I caught myself and chastised myself. I saw another teacher and spoke about the situation, not complaining, but just asking if I was being irrational. As it turns out, I was not. But, I needed to let it go. By the time I got to my room after having that conversation, I had an e-mail informing me that I was only needed for proctoring on one day, and it is a day when my students are taking an exam, so they will not be in class. The problem was worked out. I wish that I had just prayed about it first, never got upset, and never complained. Nevertheless, when I saw my mishandling of the situation, I asked God to forgive me and work the situation out, not my way, but His way, which will always be whatever is best for me. This may not seem like a big deal, but I take my job pretty seriously, so to me it was. However, even in the small things, we can go the Lord and He will WORK IT OUT! Ms. EV