I really should never go into a bookstore. Seriously. Whenever I do, I leave with a new book to read.
Today was no different. I had a little extra time between running errands on this soggy day, and so I went to the local bookstore. I know better than this, and yet I was drawn in like a moth to the proverbial flame.
I looked at the different titles of books that I had seen before and also came across a few new ones. I narrowed down the search to three books. Truth be told, I really wanted to cave and buy all three of them. I kept reminding myself that I didn't need three books. Heck, I didn't even need one book. I have several at home on my kindle and a couple of paperbacks that are waiting for my attention.
So, no, I didn't even need one book. And yet...
Yes, I left with a book. It's one that has been on my kindle wish list at various times, and it was the winner of the three finalists in the running. It is Simon Sinek's, Start with Why.
I got home and started reading it immediately, and I can already tell it's going to be a game changer. First, Sinek writes in a way that resonates with me. I feel connected through the way he weaves his words.
Secondly, his goal is to lead a movement in which most of us are inspired by the work we do. Notice I didn't say Sinek is telling us to go out and find what we are passionate about and then we will be inspired.
Instead, he writes about being inspired by what we already do. I will be embarking upon my 24th year in education this year. I like what I do, but I admit that my passion isn't quite as apparent as it usually is. I have a feeling it's because I've lost my inspiration, my "why" for doing what I do.
Unfortunately, I think this happens to a lot of educators. We hit the point where we are pretty much an expert in our classrooms and we stop learning. We stop growing. We do the same thing year in and year out. We have forgotten that while it's old to us, it's completely new for the student who is walking into our classrooms, or in my case my counseling office.
And, you know what? These kids deserve better. Students deserve to have people leading them who are inspired by what they do day in and day out.
This is why Sinek's book found its way into my hands and into my heart. I'm excited to get back to "why," and I will be even more excited to share it with the students and staff I am honored to work with this year.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.