Sometimes no matter how much you try, you just cannot get something right. For some it might be baking a pie or for others it might be washing the windows. It might even be knitting a scarf, making fudge, planting a garden, or you may feel that way about raising your children. When I taught, I wondered why my students were not as excited about mathematics as I was. No matter what I did, I rarely motivated them to learn this fascinating information. There always comes a point in life when we realize our final product will never look anything like the pictures on Pinterest.
I think that is why I like logic puzzles so much. There is always a right answer. If you work on it long enough you will reach the desired results. And, if you get stuck, you can turn to the back of the book and peak at the answers (I really try to make that option my last resort though). If you look in any of my Sudoku books you will see a number of partially finished puzzles. I start one and keep going until I get stuck. I then flip a few pages and begin a new one. A few days later I go back and visit an earlier attempt and this time I actually finish. A new day and a different perspective are all it takes to complete what once seemed beyond my grasp.
Life has many complicating factors which makes is hard to predict, regulate, and balance. Life involves people weaving in and out of your life each with their own personalities, ambitions, and pictures of perfection. There is no one right way to travel on this journey. We all take different approaches. Each path comes with hills and valleys as well as twists, turns, and side trips. The places I go may have similarities to the roads you travel, but our excursions will wind through a different series of towns and provide views of varying scenery. Again, there is no one right way.
For the last two years as an organization, we have experienced the theme “Collective Forward Momentum.” We gathered together to learn about a variety of matters close to the heart of what it means to be an effective educational office professional. We have been challenged to take those nuggets of information and use them to propel our lives and our schools forward which we have done in unique ways. Our organization has a wonderful chance to make positive changes in our schools, but it means we must continue reaching out to colleagues who have yet to hear about us.
Sharing the EOPO story looks different for each of us. Some talk it while others write it. You may be able to present about it at a staff meeting while others quietly share over lunch with one other person. A supervisor might even encourage you to tell your EOPO story. Share your journey in the way that works the best for you so others will learn we exist and are here to support them professionally for many years to come. We only really fail when we stop trying.
Falling down isn't defeat. Defeat is when you refuse to get up.
Katherine G. H. Reichley, CEOE
President and EOPO State NAEOP Membership Chairperson
Educational Office Professionals of Ohio
NAEOP Secretary/Treasurer & Bylaws Chairperson
Academic Assessment and Accreditation Specialist
Office of Academic Affairs
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