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A two day break...

Hey hey, you wouldn't believe it, I've been away to Palmerston North for the usual annual DRS-Principals' conference. First day, we were supposed to have a morning reflection, run by a special priest. He didn't come, a friend had died and he was too sad. We weren't particularly sympathetic, we all have hassles and all have to get on with our jobs. Life goes on. But at the same time, the very nature of our kind of people meant we felt very sorry for him too! So this other guy stepped in at the last minute, a nice guy who doesn't have the skills to create contemplative liturgy - he then attempted to create contemplative liturgy... snort.
Did we feel commissioned? Where is the spirit in our schools? How can we identify it? We were told to work out the answers to these questions. Told to 'go off by ourselves and think about it'. The answers to those questions took me about two minutes. Then I sat there for another two minutes. Then I texted my principal and told her how her joy made the school spirit so great. She texted back with surprise, asking how I had such a revelation. I told her. She said the school was blessed to have me! Then I just sat there some more. Finally we got back together.
Good, said the man. Now you need to get into small groups. And share what you've thought of. WTF? oh well, sure. "You have half an hour." HALF AN HOUR? OMG! How much more time could we waste??? It wasn't an auspicious start to the two days which frequently saw a lot of people whining about how hard their jobs were. I think, have your moan occasionally, have a blow out now and then, I sure do, but if it's really that hard, if you really don't like it, get the hell out and do something you do like. Life is short!
Still, I got away, I had a motel room to myself, I did my essay and posted it, five minutes before the time it was due, 11.20 tonight. So not a complete disaster, the two days away. Just not particularly satisfying. But I'm back, ready for the weekend. Storm coming, the edge of those Australian floods, NZ trapped between a Low and a High. Windy and stormy. And CCCCOld.


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May. 23rd, 2009 10:40 am (UTC)
And you have given support and delight to your principal! Perhaps that's why you were there?! Courses/conferences can be incredibly boring when you could actually do them so much better yourself!! But it gave you a mini-break and, in fact, something to think about using your critical skills. So it wasn't wasted!
May. 23rd, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
No, you're right, it wasn't wasted. I enjoyed a night of peace, no jobs, no children! And it made me appreciate my own colleagues all over again. And it reminded me to keep finding the joy in my job!

And I did some phenomenal doodling. One guy said he had to tell me how impressed he was with my high standard of doodling. He admitted he kept watching my pen instead of the presenters!
May. 23rd, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
I confess to having doodled and watched doodlers at boring lectures! I love the idea that your doodles were inspiring - any chance of pics??
May. 23rd, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
The doodles weren't that great, just kind of detailed. I was getting tired of everyone moaning about their workloads and I can keep quieter if I concentrate on my pen and paper! Hence the text 'moan' Hang on, I'll scan it! ...*snort*

May. 23rd, 2009 12:58 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous!! And appropriate to the occasion! No wonder the guy was fascinated! Thanks!

And shouldn't you be in bed???
May. 23rd, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
thank YOU!
-And shouldn't you be in bed???
Uh, yes, on my way now! Had to collect Christy from a party just after midnight!
All day it's been go go go (soccer this morning and spent the afternoon baking fund raising apple pies at school!) and now at 1 a.m., I get to go to bed! But Christy is very happy. And it's a howling gale outside with occasional downpours. I was taking her to a babysitting job earlier and there was a rush of water across Broadway that flew up on either side of the car! Trolley bus lines down at the end of the airport. I think it'll be a wild Sunday.
Good night, well, good afternoon to you xx
May. 23rd, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Goodnight, sleep well, and have a good weekend/week!!
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