I keep wanting to call this DOTTSYED (Do One Thing That Scares You Every Day)--so forgive my if I get confused. (Ed. Note: or, apparently, if I forget how to use English.)
My scary thing today is going to my board meeting tonight. My last four years on the board have been filled with nothing but conflict and strife. I have only fifteen months left to go in this, my second term, and I really cannot wait until I'm done. I've thought about quitting, but that's not the kind of person I want to be.
I don't like conflict. I know there are people who thrive on it, who are good at it, people who don't get sick to their stomach at the thought of a confrontation. I am not one of those people. BUT--I know that I am on the school board for a reason. I know that I bring a unique perspective to this service, as I am married to a school administrator, am a mom, and taught advanced math and English for nine years before I started my family. I do tend to look at things from the teacher perspective first and foremost, but I believe I have a broad viewpoint. I love this little school, and I want what is best for the school and its children. Always.
So think of me tonight at 6:30, when I head off to my board meeting. It is scary for me to stand up for what I believe in and for what I know is right...