Yesterday is behind us…

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done.  One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow…- Dalai Lama

As we approach the new year, many quotes or anecdotes emerge, either urging teachers to do something new or reinforcing their already strong ideas about education.  Like most educators, my social media feed has been no different.  However, when I saw this quote, I immediately stopped to think about what it really meant on a personal level. 
When I reflect on my students from past years, I know that I cannot erase the carbon footprint on their educational journey.  Dalai Lama’s inspirational words are true.  We cannot do anything to change the past.  Yet, worrying about how our impact on students we will have in the future is also futile.  We must focus on the students we have in front of us at this very moment.  School year 2019-2020 should be one for the books. We have all of the tools necessary to excel as educators.  Let’s make this a truly incredible year with our students.