Although the school year starts in March here in Korea, September will forever mark the new year for me. It could be the fact that my birthday coincides with the first days of school back in Canada, or it could be something about the cool autumn air cleaning away the heavy summer humidity. There’s something about September that sets the tone for the twelve months ahead.
I’m grateful for this because the tone of the last twelve months seemed to have been tuned to a low resonance with overwhelming treble. Last year, and probably for more years than I wish to admit, life was all about angst. Everything was all so serious. And I seem to slip into seriousness like a cold hand slips into warm winter mitts. It’s just too easy.
That’s why I need to be proactive instead of retroactive, or reactive, for that matter. I need to be proactive about bringing joy, play, and fun into my work, which the majority of time involves planning lessons, or giving written feedback to students. But considering the fact that this work sees me sitting at a desk in front of my computer, how can I be proactive in this way?
One of the ways I do this:
It’s all about making the mundane magical. (click to tweet)
Here are my favorite ways to bring magic to my work:
- Taking a screen break by gazing at my favourite flowers or picture.
- Typing away with my favourite snack by my side.
- Slowly sipping a good cup of coffee, or if needed, a glass of wine (in moderation of course).
- Bringing in color pens, candles, or crystals to add beauty to my process.
- Pulling a tarot or oracle card to see what my next step could be.
After a while you’ll discover there’s nothing mundane about the cover of your spiral notebook, the cool breeze coming through the window, or the wisps of nag champa (or your favourite incense) circling your office chair. There’s nothing mundane about the good work you are doing.
It’s all magic.