Saturday, August 11, 2012


I've always had a problem with patience. The problem is that I don't have any. I know, I know. I'm working on it. The proverb, "Good things come to those who wait," has been promoted to instill the value of patience, but I believe more in the value of hard work as espoused by Abraham Lincoln, "Good things come to those who wait, but only the things leftover by those who hustle." 

I guess that's where I have issues in the process to finding an assistant principal position. I've been diligent and dedicated in learning about educational leadership and I expect to be able to put all that I've learned to good use in an administrative job. So far, all I've gotten is waiting. Waiting for a job posting, waiting for an interview, waiting for a callback, waiting for an offer. I hate waiting. I understand that I'll end up where I'm supposed to be, but that doesn't make the waiting any easier. 

I'm not the only one that hates waiting. Waiting has been a theme in countless songs throughout the years. The Kinks sang about the hopelessness in waiting in their song, "Tired of Waiting for You." I can particularly relate to the line, "But you keep-a me waiting, all of the time, what can I do?" When waiting, there's nothing that I can do to improve the desired outcome. I can't study any more or work any harder than I already have. That's frustrating.

In "The Waiting," Tom Petty professes, "The waiting is the hardest part." That's completely true. Again, I think waiting is so difficult, because I have no control. Once I've followed hiring protocol, there is nothing more for me to do, but wait and wait.

I mostly relate to the feelings of John Mayer in "Waiting on the World to Change." I've got a lot to offer if just given the chance for a younger generation of leaders to share their knowledge and innovations. "One day our generation is gonna rule the population, so we keep on waiting. Waiting for the world to change."


  1. And there is one more...Remember when Kelly Clarkson won the first American Idol and sang the lyrics, "Some people wait a lifetime for a moment like this"? But for those who experience those "moments like this," and you have experienced quite a few of them, it's not about waiting. It's about all of the little things you do along the way that seem to come together at the right time. You are doing the right things, and your next "moment" for you will come...and when it does, you will be glad you didn't get some of jobs that looked good at the time.

    It takes time, so hang in there and enjoy the ride. And remember...time is your friend.

  2. You are completely right! I have had some amazing moments in my life. Moments that many people never experience. I would never trade the teaching adventures that I've had. I may not have enjoyed them at the time, but I learned something valuable from each school that I've taught. Sometimes, it's just difficult to reconcile what's in my heart and what's in my head, especially when it's summertime and I don't have many things diverting my attention. Thanks for setting me straight!

    By the way, I love the song references! Hearing a message in a song always helps in difficult situations.