Start an Appreciation Journal

The concept of collecting and savoring messages from students and parents over the years is not new to me. I keep handwritten notes and cards in a box that I occasionally stumble upon when I am looking for something else. 

Instead of this random walk of discovery, I am going to take the advice of Forest Fein, meditation instructor, and create an Appreciation Journal. I will use a simple Google doc to record the year, the statement that a student said, and the date. I will also take a picture of any cards, photos, handwritten notes and upload them there. 

Why savor appreciation? 

It affirms us and the impact we make on the world.

It helps us through tough times when we feel unappreciated. 

It helps us express gratitude for the work we do.

Why not try it? 

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