They might make it look easy but…

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They might make it look easy but…

One summer afternoon in the sweltering heat of south Florida, a man toiled laying concrete blocks in order to expand his home by adding a garage. The sun beat down and the sweat dripped. Each block lifted weighed between 25-30 pounds. The man had been at this task for quite some time.

From out of the cool house a woman emerges with a glass of iced tea. She offers the tea to the man and comments, “Tom, I don’t know why you’re sweating so much; all you have to do is dab some of that cement stuff on top of the wall and put one block up there at a time.”

To which the response came through clenched teeth, “Mary, I think it’d be best for you to go back in the house now.”

I wasn’t actually there when this exchange happened, but I can imagine what it looked and sounded like. The Mary in the story was my mother. Tom was my uncle.

Perhaps you‘ve found yourself in a similar situation.  Have you ever seen a craftsman/woman at his/her job and you thought, gosh that looks easy?

I’ll advise you to be careful not to minimize someone’s work by jumping to a poorly though out conclusion. Sometimes, a person can handle a really demanding set of circumstances in such a way that it might appear to an onlooker to be very simple.

I am convinced this is the case with our teachers. There are many skilled craftsmen/women in the education profession that make the job look simple. The truth is they are skilled and handle the demands of the profession in a way that to an onlooker makes teaching appear very simple.

Often, these skilled teachers even mystify their colleagues.

This story isn’t just for teachers- but y’all know I love you to pieces so I must talk to ya’- it’s for all people who begin judgments without knowledge and understanding of circumstances.

I’m sure Mom wasn’t intentionally minimizing Uncle Tom’s hard work; she just didn’t have the knowledge needed at the time to make a proper judgment.

On the other hand, if someone makes such a judgment about your work receive the compliment. Truly, you have taken demands and rigor and turned them into a work of art!

*of special note to my teacher readers- if you are interested in a way to really be a master craftswoman in your teaching, making it appear easy although the demands are tough, email info@wynngodbold.com and request information on my 8-week coaching program Lesson Plan for Life. In the program, you’ll learn the skills necessary to be a master craftswoman in your LIFE, LOVE and EFFECTIVE TEACHING!

| Grandma, teaching, work | March 18, 2011

About the author

Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

3 Responses to "They might make it look easy but…"
  • Joe March 18, 2011

    That’s a great story! Very inspiring! Even though I’m not a school teacher, I get lots of encouragement from your newsletters. Keep the good messages coming my way.


  • Martha March 20, 2011

    Great story. Even though I am not a teacher, I have experienced this in my own work.
    It looks like a “cush” job but people have no idea what it really takes. Thanks for reminding me it’s a compliment when people say it is easy.

  • Francis Archibald March 20, 2011

    Good story Wynn. I know it is true. Your mom was my wife.

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