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#Reflect31 Day 23

It’s hard to believe that it’s already day twenty-three, a daily blog is starting to become a habit and it’s helped so much having inspiration from the PLN. Today we are lucky to have a quote and question shared from Susan Riley (@susanrileyphoto) in Maryland.

"Comparison is the Thief of Joy" - Theodore Roosevelt.

As adults and even adolescents, we often let fear of of not being “as good as” prevent us from moving forward. As an art educator people will say things to me such as, I can’t draw a stick figure or I want to be in your group because you can do the drawing. Truth is anyone can draw, it just takes practice. The more you do it the better you get. However, because their drawings aren’t as good as mine, they’d rather not try at all. I get it, I love music but in seventh grade the vocal music teacher told me to find another elective, so I’m forever self-conscious that I can’t sing, so I don’t. Which is sad really, with three small children I didn’t sing much other than “Twinkle Twinkle” and “Baa Baa Blacksheep.” We just have to get ourselves and create regardless if others are better. Guess what, there are plenty of better artists and singers than me but I love art and music and therefore I want to enjoy the creative process.

So reflect and ask yourself,

How will you stop the comparison trap this year and embrace your own creative exploration and joy?

Take it to the next level how will your explore the creative process and create joy in the classroom?

Remember Vincent Van Gogh said,

If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.

Looking forward to seeing your tweets,

Have Terrific Tuesday,

Laura and Matt


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