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Good food, good friends, good times

Last week was a world wind of a week, but in the middle of it all I had the chance to spend a few hours in the company of some great friends and their families.

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Kindergarten friends relaxing by the pool.

Each year a teacher from my grade level at school hosts a pool party for our team and our personal children. Over the last couple of years, our team has changed a bit due to retirements and new hirings. This pool party brings everyone back together.

Amazing the wealth of teaching and life experience that sits in and around the pool on these days. Between us we probably represent 300 years of teaching- that’s a lot of children we have impacted over time!

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Family and friends make for a fun day!

I’ve never had a group of teacher friends quite like this group. We have been through the best and worst times in our lives together. We’ve ushered in new babies and grand babies. We’ve nurtured each other through sickness, loss, and grief. We’ve cared for and buried one of our very own from the team. We don’t hang out together all the time, but we make a point to share “out of school” time throughout the year.

I don’t which came first: life’s demand that we cling to one another or our choice to give freely of ourselves. I suppose the two developed simultaneously. Here’s one thing I am sure of, there is a common bond among this group of folks. There is a support and desire for each to live a life of joy and for none to go through the hard times alone. This comes from within each one of us- this part I know is a choice we make to care for each other and to give of ourselves to each other.

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Sharing lunch with the Kindergarten team.

We are not a fairy tale group- there are ups and downs like any family would experience. But, I believe family is the best way to describe us.

Today I count my blessing to be part of this group who has loved me from the day I joined the team.

Let me ask you, “Can you count your life blessed by the team you work with?” I never knew what I was missing until I had this experience. If your answer to that question is “no” some soul searching may be in order. Life is too short and too much time is spent at work, not to count  your team as a blessing. 

Want help learning how? Email info@wynngodbold.com I’ll be glad to help you get started.

| best life, circle of life, family, teaching, work | July 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.

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