Relationships come in many shapes and sizes. Not all relationships are created equal. Some relationship we need to survive everyday. Others we need at certain times in our lives to continue or change our journey. Some relationship last a lifetime other are blip on the radar of life. All our relationships we have experienced positive or negative have had and will continue to have an impact on our lives and who we are in some way. Choose relationships wisely and learn from all of them.
Family and Friends
I see family and friend as one category because my family are my friends and my close friends have become my family. I feel family and friends are a critical relationship to my survival. Without the love, support, understanding of my family and friends they are many challenges in my life I may not have been able to overcome. I feel the most important characteristic of family and friend relationships in reciprocal support and investment in each other. If we are able to listen to each other’s problems, give and accept advise, care and be cared for, love and be loved, we can make a positive difference in each other’s lives. There are time were these relationships are challenging. We do not always see eye to eye on every issue or circumstance. However, the important component isn’t that we always agree which would be impossible, but that we are able to respect and love the other person enough to apologize and forgive when needed, listen and no give unwanted advise when needed, encourage and support as needed, and be willing to compromise. With out the support and encouragement of my friends and family I would not be able to succeed in my personal or professional life. With a solid support system at home, I am able to go to work every day with confidence and compassion for others.
Colleges are a different type of relationship than friends and family. My colleges past and present are a resource for me to depend on for support in the providing the best education to my student’s possible. Having positive college relationships makes a difference in the enthusiasm of going to work every day. When colleges are able to be respectful, supportive, and collaborate, the work environment is one that allows for the maximum potential of growth. When work environments are, negative moral and quality are low. I find it very challenging to work with people who are negative and unsupportive toward others. When you can work with your colleges as a team you can freely shared your concerns, needs, and challenges and expect to receive guidance, compassion, and support. As a teacher, I find positive relationships with my colleges are essential to providing positive quality instruction in my classroom. If the environment the school is negative, that negativity can make its way into your classroom and have a damaging affect on students learning. It can be challenging to always have a positive relationship with all colleges. We are not going to always agree on the best way to approach all topics. The key is listening, supporting, challenging, and begin compassionate to one another. I do not feel I need to be best friends with all my colleges nor to I expect them to all want to be my best friend. I do feel we need to treat each other with respect and compassion and remember we all want what is best for our students.