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Don't be controlled by your circumstances

Updated: Mar 6, 2022

I love searching for motivational videos. As a former English teacher, I loved using as journal or discussion starters in the classroom. Wingclips uses modern day movie clips to illustrate lessons and inspire. The videos are even categorized by themes (love that).

As a leader, I think it is just as powerful to share motivational videos. We can all fall into moments, entire days, or sometimes even weeks/months, where unfortunate or downright awful circumstances can begin to control our thoughts and actions. I sincerely believe that it is vital to find someone or something that can help you to overcome the circumstance.

When I stumbled upon the YouTube channel: Fearless Soul I began clicking on video after video and finding motivation, topics to write about, and sharing with friends/family that I thought would be encouraged or inspired. Throughout my 18 years as an educator, instructional coach, and leader, I have always believed in the importance of viewing/reading anything you would share to ensure it aligned with core values such as integrity and kindness. As I watched the video that inspired me to write this blog post, I loved the message: you should not allow your circumstances to control your life and happiness.

This message shared by Fearless Soul is so important and the advice that follows:

  • "Leave the darkness of your past behind so it does not block the light of your future."

  • "If someone did you wrong, the ONLY WAY you can win, is if you let go and move on. If you live in hate, they win. If you live in the victim story, they win."

  • "If you want to win, you must focus on building your future and start right now."

Let's join together and commit to not allow circumstances to control our life, our happiness, or our future.

JUST FOR FUN - 20 Questions will make you smile

As you finish out your week, I wanted to share a fun game my daughter likes to play. You can play this game with a friend in the car, with a classroom full of students, during professional learning for staff, or with a relative you what to learn more about.

My daughter calls the game "20 questions." She always reviews the rules of the game before we begin. :) They are simple:

Step 1: Decide who goes first. My daughter Avery likes to say she can go first because she is always the youngest when we play.

Step 2: The first player asks a question that everyone has to answer. Sometimes we play would you rather or we ask questions that cannot have yes or no answers. Here are a few examples:

  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

  • Would you rather go skiing or lay on a beach?

Step 3: After each person gives their answer, the person to the left goes next and asks a question. The game continues until you have asked 20 questions. We usually play until we are done eating.

How do you win? That's the best part of the game. Everyone wins because you all learn something new about each other. I hope you enjoy the game as much as we do.

P.S. Need a good book filled with questions you could ask? Check out 3,000 Questions About Me at Target.

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