“Rewriting Your Story”

I experienced feelings of sadness and discouragement today. At times, I even cried. What made me even more sad was knowing that I didn’t have family nearby to lighten the load or take my attention away from these feelings. I’m an affectionate person and I truly miss their company and the abundance of hugs and laughter that were always readily available. I am learning however, not to suppress these feelings, but to pay attention to them and use them to identify what my needs are. Part of making choices that are in harmony with my well-being is developing an awareness of what my needs are.

I’m currently listening to the audio book by Deepak Chopra titled, What Are You Hungry For? In the book, he talks about rewriting your story. The process begins with an awareness of one’s inner dialogue followed by substituting negative dialogue into positive affirmations and making positive choices. He said a powerful statement that grabbed my attention. “Reality,” said Deepak, “is always renewing itself.”

I used this technique this evening to address my concerns about teaching again. It bothers me that I’m still having a hard time letting go of the “ineffective” label my former supervisor gave me-a label which also states that I “lack the potential to impact student learning.” Inspiring a love of learning is one of the main reasons I pursued a career in teaching. It’s interesting to note that the original principal who hired me, hired me because she saw the potential in me. So I told myself I would be supported in my new job and that I would have the skills and resources to do my job effectively.

Committing to living a more balanced, fulfilling life takes work-especially when we must release old beliefs and habits that no longer serve our greater purpose and replace them with more positive, life affirming ones. It’s not always easy, but I believe this journey is worth it.

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About Magaly L.

Five Facts About Me: 1. I was born in El Salvador, grew up in NY, and after being in the United States for almost 33 years, I finally became a citizen in 2013. I was super excited when I voted for the first time! 2. My personal favorites: chocolate, desserts, dancing, the beach, leisure travel, reading, juicing, gardening, cooking, spending time with family, and writing. I really do love chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, but any chocolate is better than none. I also love red velvet cupcakes from my favorite bakery in NYC, Two Little Red Hens on the Upper East Side. And I love spending time in nature. There's something so peaceful about listening to the birds or listening to the waves break, that centers me in the present moment and reminds me that Divine order is at work in my life. 3. I come from a large family and I love it! My parents, two brothers, one sister, LOTS of cousins, aunts, uncles, abuelos, and my "gotitas de amor"-my nieces and nephews. 4. I am an educator both by training and at heart. 5. I have been living with PNES (psychogenic non-epileptic seizures) since 2007. Though this condition has been life-altering and challenging to live with at times, it has also led me to a more fulfilling life, strengthening my faith and helping me have the courage to pursue my passions and chase a couple of dreams.
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