Truth Amid the Disappointment

I received the superintendent’s decision in the mail today. She upheld her previous decision to deny me tenure and give me an Unsatisfactory rating for the year. For a brief moment after opening the envelope, I sat quietly on the couch, tears welling up in my eyes. And then something happened. I began paying attention to my breath and I repeated today’s centering thought, “My truth and creativity are within.” As I repeated this phrase, a deep peace came over me.

You see friends, through this experience, I have rediscovered my purpose in life and recommitted to my inner vision. I refuse to let the politics of the NYC D.O.E. deter me from carrying out my mission in life. No, life’s too short for that. I know the journey ahead may not always be smooth sailing, but I have these three things that will carry me through whatever may come: faith, hope, and love-a love that as the authors of the book, Through the Eyes of Children: Walking and Learning with Children describe when speaking of love for the land as “a real imperfect love that includes consistency, patience, acceptance of daily challenges and silence.”

Friends, may we always be conscious of this truth.

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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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