Teach & Serve IV, No. 40 | Walk the Track

Teach & Serve IV, No. 40

Walk the Track

May 8, 2019

“I promise, if you need to, if you want to, I’ll walk the track with you,” he said.

This is important.

Especially this time of year, this is very important.

We have much to do, much we are asked to do and much that we take upon ourselves. We have full calendars, overflowing plates and deadlines – many of which we truly cannot miss. We work with students and adults who have challenges for us, who make demands on our time and who, on occasion, may cause us a bit of stress.

Stress happens.

At this time of year in particular, we sometimes feel stress, sometimes feel strung out and sometimes feel we are not at our best.

So, please, when that feeling comes upon you, walk the track.

Somewhere in your building or on your grounds, I trust there is a space you can walk, an open, extended space where you can get out of your typical environs, get moving, get a pace on. Hopefully there is someplace you can go when you need to stretch your legs.

Perhaps there is a track.

Getting up and walking it is more than a chance to change your venue and your vantage point, this is a chance to get up and get out, to exercise whatever feelings have built up in you by exercising yourself. This is a chance to shake off ennui and frustration and to do something proactive to assist in your own renewal.

A person with whom I work and whom I respect very much made a pledge to our entire leadership team this past summer and I have not forgotten it. “I promise, if you need to, if you want to, I’ll walk the track with you,” he said.

I think I should take him up on that request more often and I should do so immediately.

It is important.