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Embrace the Layers

Last night I made stir fry and I cried.

Tears streamed down my face, not because I was sad or due to my meal tasting horrible, but rather because of one of my favorite ingredients of all… the onion. From the first cut, my eyes began to burn, and through each chopped layer tears fell, but I knew that it would be worth it in the end.

Embrace the Layers 

Onions have layers and often bring tears to our eyes. Every layer that we peel brings us one step closer to enjoying what it has to offer, and once we experience it’s full flavor we tend to forget the pain it once caused.

Sometimes in order to reap the benefits of something wonderful, we must first be willing to overcome the tears along the way.

Our students and our colleagues are a lot like onions.

They are filled with layers.

When we take the time to peel back these layers, we come one step closer to building trust. We may not agree on every issue with those we work with, and we might have students who get under our skin, but just like the onion, when we go beyond the surface with one another, we can change the recipe altogether. Every student we teach and every colleague we have are filled with layers just waiting to be revealed.


Look Beyond the Surface

Today, I want to encourage you to look at the students in front of you and the colleagues that you stand with side by side, and view them beyond the surface. Love first, react second.

Refuse to let gossip leave your lips or prejudgement guide your thinking, but rather view others like an onion, and embrace the layers that make them remarkable and unique.


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