After five magnificent years, I have decided to take a brief hiatus from social media. In the past, I vigorously encouraged the use of social media platforms, specifically Twitter, as a way for educators to connect, engage in dialogue, share ideas, and support one another in learning and growth. While this was my ideal, I chose to hold this belief as universal. This was a mistake.
Over the past few weeks, I became aware of several educators behaving in ways that ran counter to my ideal. Instead of accepting their behavior and allowing it to pass, as all things do, I chose to confront it. Another mistake.
There is a famous Japanese proverb, Hotoké no kao mo sando nazuréba, hara wo tatsu: "Stroke even the face of a Buddha three times, and his anger will be roused." This proverb reminds us that we all have anger within us. It is within our power to choose how and when we use it. To paraphrase the Grail Knight, I chose poorly.
My current social media hiatus comes at a good time. I plan to focus my attention on family, friends, professional learning, and self care. When the time comes to return, I look forward to proudly continuing our work of learning and growing together through this incredible journey we call "life."
Now, without further ado, please enjoy this edition of Four Thought Friday!