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When You Think It’s All Gone Wrong…

Posted by Tim under Personal

I’m just finishing up a week’s vacation planned around doing some photo walks and taking pictures. When I set it up, I had these delusions of grandeur about how this would all work out.  I could not have been more wrong.

The weather was a total bust. Gray, dreary skies with no clouds meant meaningful landscapes are out. Then it rained. And I forgot to wipe off my camera lens during the drizzle, so an entire morning of photos turned out useless. But no problem right? Just move indoors. That’s when the freeze hit. Roads were shut down. I spent 2 days in my hotel room.

As a result, I’m going back home with just a handful of mediocre pictures that have little context or intrigue. It would be easy to chalk this up as a total bust where everything that could go wrong did.

But it’s not.

I got one really clear, handheld panorama shot using a new technique I found on YouTube. This is something I’ve been struggling with for a long time, and I think I may have finally started down the right direction.

And I concentrated more on my focus technique than “wow” shots. As a result, my images are more tack sharp than they’ve ever been before. They may not be great images, but they are incredibly focused pictures. And that counts for something.

It was like this when I was a Christian Servicemen’s Center Director in Scotland and England. On more than one occasion I would end a sermon and feel that I simply failed to connect. I missed the point. It had no clear ending with any meaning. And then, while chatting with people after the service more than one would come up and tell me how much the message spoke to them, or how it fit where their life is right now. I thought the evening was a bust, but…

It is the same in our classrooms. We are constantly connecting with kids in ways we cannot even imagine. Even on those days when our lesson plans get thrown out the window, or that kid acted out again, or the laptop crashed, or the SMART Board bulb blew, or the myriad of other things that can, and do, go wrong on any given day.

As a teacher, you are making a difference in the lives of children that often goes unseen at the time. You may feel like you failed to connect. Sometimes you can’t judge your effectiveness by a classroom full of kids. Sometimes you have to look at the one. Look at the one student that simply needed you to show up today. Look at that student who needed the positive 30-second feedback you gave them and left the class standing just a little taller as a result.

When you think it has all gone wrong…it didn’t. Don’t lose sight of that.


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