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Out with the Old, in with the New...

Para poder corregir lo malo, tenemos que echar un vistazo a lo bueno


A new school year is upon us. We start in February 9th with the new little chicks at English. Sometimes I wonder how in the world I began to teach English when it wasn't even in my slightest mind to do it. And when I begin to think about it, I begin to 'member all the good times I've had teaching.

For almost 10 years now... wow... that's a mouthful!

So, I took this blog and thought about a little redoing, remodeling and rethinking it. I am going to run it with it's sister blog, the one in Livejournal. I am also going to send out links to the teacher's page, The Teacher's Apple. Posting can be fun and I'll try to do it often.

It's quite different, the views from an ESL teacher who lives in one (if not THE) most dangerous border cities in Mexico. As the violence rages on, I cannot deny that the feeling of anger and fear runs through me like a pack of wild elephants on a peanut sale. And since there has been abducting of students and teachers all over the city, most of them appear dead by unusual circumstances, let this be the blog of the happenings around a border town.

A teacher teaching against the odds.

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Grateful

Everyday is a blessing, and in each moment there are many things that we can be grateful for. The world opens up to us when we live in a space of gratitude. In essence, gratitude has a snowball effect. When we are appreciative and express that gratitude, the universe glows a bit brighter and showers us with even more blessings.

There is always something to be grateful for, even when life seems hard. When times are tough, whether we are having a bad day or stuck in what may feel like an endless rut, it can be difficult to take the time to feel grateful. Yet, that is when gratitude can be most important. If we can look at our lives, during periods of challenge, and find something to be grateful for, then we can transform our realities in an instant. There are blessings to be found everywhere. When we are focusing on what is negative, our abundance can be easy to miss. Instead, choosing to find what already exists in our lives that we can appreciate can change what we see in our world. We start to notice one blessing, and then another.

When we constantly choose to be grateful, we notice that every breath is a miracle and each smile becomes a gift. We begin to understand that difficulties are also invaluable lessons. The sun is always shining for us when we are grateful, even if it is hidden behind clouds on a rainy day. A simple sandwich becomes a feast, and a trinket is transformed into a treasure. Living in a state of gratitude allows us to spread our abundance because that is the energy that we emanate from our beings. Because the world reflects back to us what we embody, the additional blessings that inevitably flow our way give us even more to be grateful for. The universe wants to shower us with blessings. The more we appreciate life, the more life appreciates and bestows us with more goodness.
Daily OM

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ART OF THE DAY



Shape of Despair by *ForlornExistence on deviantART

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