Choosing Joy Everyday

Friday, May 20, 2016

Kristen Frasca

Happy Friday! Life lately can be described as busy and wonderful. It has been cloudy and rainy all week here in the Texas panhandle. It feels reminiscent of my time spent in Scotland. The thing that I loved most about Scotland in the summer was the rain and the clouds. 

A year has gone by and I can honestly say that I love my job. Looking back at myself a year ago, I feel like I have changed so much and yet I still feel like the same quirky girl. Teaching has taught me a lot. My capacity for love and patience has grown exponentially. I am amazed at the bonds I have developed with my students over the months. 

Being a Theatre & Speech teacher rocks. Seriously. It is SO much work and it is SO worth it. The biggest reward for all of the after school rehearsals, practice sessions, weekend tournaments, and the endless competitions is seeing the progress my students made and celebrating their victories with them.

CHOOSE JOY. Two simple words that have held so much power for my life. It has been my most significant mantra this year. It's not always easy and some days it felt like I was closer to choosing homicide (fellow teachers, you know where I am at). But if I worked at it, I could always find something to be thankful for. Something to keep me going when I felt stressed, sick, or tired. Or all three. 

I recently had a revelation during a rehearsal for my spring show, The Diary of Anne Frank. I chose this play because it has always been one of my favorite stories and I genuinely related to Anne. As sad as her story was, I feel like she really did choose joy during such a terrible time in the world. She focused on the good things in the world and held a love for the small, insignificant things that most people take for granted. Hot baths, flowers blooming in the spring, the smell of the air at night, and the goodness of people. 

My revelation during Anne Frank rehearsal was how much others in the world have to suffer. It's so easy to focus on what we are experiencing and the pain we are feeling. But I am not naive enough to ever think that my suffering is anything significant compared to others in the world. Instead, I attempt to be thankful for how little I suffer compared to others. 

Like I said, CHOOSING JOY isn't easy. Everyone has days where they feel their worst. I have those days and it isn't a pretty sight. The only thing that keeps me going is my mantra to find the good. Strangely, my students always know how to cheer me up when I'm not feeling my best. They have the best sense of humor and they never cease to amaze me with how smart and talented they can be. 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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2 Quirky Comments

  1. So excited that you are enjoying your teaching job. I bet the summer will be a nice break. I am about to start a new teaching job next year.

    1. Tina, where are you teaching next year?


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