My classroom is not a quiet, orderly place.
Students are constantly moving, thinking, talking, reading and writing.
I do my best to help my students find success.

November 19, 2013

Breathe. Just breathe.

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Anna Nalick's song, Breathe (2a.m.), has been running through my head this week.

Especially the chorus:

'Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table,
No one can find the rewind button, girl
Just cradle your head in your hand
And breathe, just breathe
Oh breathe, just breathe.
It's one of those weeks (months, years).

The more time I spend outside, the better I feel.
Sunshine warms the skin and the heart.
Frozen, clear air helps me to focus my thoughts and prioritize.

Working to keep ahead of the rolling boulders,
Attempting to be proactive,
Keeping my ears open and mouth closed.

Reminding myself that I am human.
Remembering to breathe.
Just breathe.


  1. I recently read Max Strom's A Life Worth Breathing--it was really good. He spoke of the importance of meditating on the good, on what you're grateful for, what is going RIGHT. I have been breathing more deeply and thinking of my mom and my daughter, my two biggest sources of joy, when I feel sad or overwhelmed or completely inept...which, in this holiday season, happens too often. Keep breathing!

  2. When I connect with my cat, I find myself slowing down to breathe. It's a gift she gives me! Love your reminder to "Just breathe."

  3. This is such an important reminder! I think many teachers feel as if they're about to be run down by those boulders. Keeping everything in perspective is the only way to survive!