As this class is coming to an end and we have reached the end of the book The Art of Possibilities, I see how this month was strategically planned to get us to start to think about our own possibilities. I just completed my discussion post video about my dream job. How convenient is it that this Dream Job assignment & the thought provoking book full of inspiring stories by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander came one month before we graduate?After finishing the last few chapters of the book, I now feel like I need to focus on keeping a positive outlook for my future, whether I decide that I should search for a new career, or decide to make the absolute most out of my current job as an elementary school teacher. Sometimes I let the negative attitudes of others drag me down. And while there seem to be more and more reasons to get down about our education system, sometimes it’s easy to use those reasons as excuses that can get in the way of me doing my job to the best of my ability.
This all started to make sense to me after I read chapter 10: Being the Board. Zander describes a scenario of a car at a traffic light getting hit by a drunk driver. At first it was a ridiculous thought for me to think that the drunk driver wasn’t 100% at fault in that situation. After reading on and thinking about it more, I totally understand the concept about being the board. Life it totally unpredictable and there will always be times when we can be at the wrong place at the wrong time, but that is a risk that we take. If we live our lives blaming others and making excuses, all we’re doing is limiting our possibilities and opportunities for growth.
Now that I think about it, my parents are the greatest example of being the board. They never let bad situations get them down and it’s always amazing to me that they can come out of any situation with a smile and a positive outlook on life. Four or five years ago my parents were in a head on collision, hit by a driver and they were both going 45+ mph around a blind curve. Their car was totaled and they were rushed to the hospital. When my dad called to tell me what happened, I was terrified and I dropped what I was doing to go meet them there. When I arrived, my dad was smiling and laughing as he told me the story of what happened. He was so happy to be alive, but he never blamed the driver of the other car or got angry that the accident happened to them. It was a miracle that both my parents were able to walk away from that accident with only minor injuries. I know that I’ve picked up a lot of great qualities from my parents, I just hope that I can always keep that same positive outlook on life.