Back to the Basics


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For those of you that know me, you know that I am no where near "basic" and it is kind of ironic that I am writing post about the importance of being basic. But, I have to remind myself that being basic is okay and has its advantages.  



Look at your surroundings...
What do you see? Who do you see?
What surrounds you? Who surrounds you?
Are you surrounded with hype? Are you surrounded with unnecessary stuff? Are you surrounded with frills or gadgets and gismos? Are you surrounded with extras?

Or

Are you surrounded with the basics?
I often wonder what the purpose is of all of the not-so-basic-stuff and I am reminded that at some point, I felt that that was a need. For example, I look around my living room to see a flat screen TV.  Is that a necessity? Nope. But at some point, did I feel like I needed it? Yes. However, there was nothing wrong with our box tv. It was still running like a champ. So, why did I choose to make the switch? Was it necessary? What were the affects of the choice made?

I often wonder what the purpose is of going above and beyond and I am reminded that at some point, I felt like it was a need. For example, I have a full blown, complex makerspace in my classroom. Is it a necessity? Nope. But at some point (and still do), I felt like I needed it. It allows for opportunity, growth, problem solving... However, there was nothing wrong with my classroom before. So, why did I choose to make the switch? Was it truly necessary? What were the effects of the choice made?

I often wonder what the purpose is of is of striving for perfection and I am reminded that at some point, I felt like it was a need. For example, I was just observed by a peer. Everything, I could control, was planned to a "t"... the discussion, the question starters, the student-led research. Was it a necessity? Nope. But in that moment, did I feel like I needed to be in control? Yes. However, I have learned that unplanned conversations and curiosities can lead to extraordinary outcomes. So, why did I choose to make the switch? Was it truly necessary? What were the effects of the choice made?
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Let's strip down!  

Life is complex. Life is hard. Life is full of surprises. Life is full of worries. Life is stressful. Life is hectic.  So what if... we strive for the basics. Not worrying about what other people have. Not trying to compete to be the best. But giving ourselves to the basics.

What are the basics?

To me... basics are what fill you up the most! The necessities of your existence.

Mine? (Credit to First Christian Church)

  • Love God.
  • Love People.
  • Serve Others.
Everything I could think of that would be my "basic," falls under one of these categories.



Love God.

There is nothing more comforting than to sit with a Bible in hand and read His word, or to pray driving down the road. There is nothing more satisfying than to know I am making Him proud.



Love People.

My family is my rock and fortress. My friends are my outlet. Taking time to spend time with these people is something that fills my soul with gratification.




Serve Others.
My community is my "home." My profession is fulfilling. Having the privilege to serve and make a difference is a life-long mission. Just knowing that there is this opportunity, keeps me going.




So, as we are surrounded with the busyness of our lives...the ups and downs... let's remember the Basics! They are what matter! They are our "light!" They should carry us through our days!



My challenge to you...

Identify your Basics! Focus on your Basics!

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